2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2014 SEASON & VINIFICATION REPORT
What makes 2014 such an exciting Oregon vintage? The climate was perfect: warm and sunny heading into harvest, our fruit developing no shortage of sweetness, color and tannin. Without the typical threat of fall rain in the forecast, winemakers were given a luxuriously roomy window in which to pick the fruit at optimal ripeness and with rich flavor development.
In the best vineyards, the complexity of flavors was apparent right on the sorting table. Nicolas Jay worked closely with vineyard managers and growers to ensure picking each and every vineyard block at the most ideal time. Our decisions were guided first and foremost by flavor development, which led us to make balanced wines that are expressively true to the vintage.
Our first pick took place on September 15th at our own Bishop Creek vineyard from 25 year old, own rooted, dry farmed 777 clone Pinot Noir vines. Our last pick was on September 28th, just after a long awaited offering of precipitation, marking the end of an exciting and busy few weeks of harvest.
We harvested our fruit in small bins (traditionally used for cherry harvesting) in order to guarantee that the grapes remained pristine. These bins allowed us to layer only a few clusters on top of one another, ensuring whole, ripe berries would make it safely to the winery for destemming. Then, we gently and carefully sorted each lot, making certain nothing below our standards made it into the small fermentation vats. We nurtured long, native fermentations over an average of 21 days per lot, encouraging suppleness and complexity by gentle aeration and extraction through pump-overs and constant sensory analysis. We delicately pressed at low pressures so as not to harden the mouthfeel, but rather to celebrate the purity of fruit and the silky tannins our fermentation style achieved.
- Harvest dates:
September 15, 2015 – September 28, 2015
- Aging Process:
Aged for 15 months in French Oak (32% new)
- Bottling date:
December 17, 2015
- Alcohol Content:
13.5% by Vol
- Cases Produced: