2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
In assembling a truly dynamic cuvée, we look for AVAs that honor both vintage and each other. The 2017 Willamette Valley blends Dundee Hills fruit with that from Bethel Heights in the Eola-Amity Hills and Shea Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton. The storied sites are woven together seamlessly, affording a Pinot Noir as evenly balanced and distinctive as its single vineyard designate siblings.
Fruit for the 2017 vintage was hand picked from September 25th to October 5th. The fruit was hand sorted and fermented in wooden, concrete, and stainless steel open top tanks. During primary fermentation, tanks were pumped over and poured over, and near the end of fermentation, tanks were punched down up to two times per day. After non-inoculated fermentation, the wine was sent via gravity to 27% new French oak barrels and aged for 10 months prior to bottling.