2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES
The 2015 Willamette Valley is a rich, tight and expansive red with remarkable balance. It starts on the nose, with black cherry fruit aromas underscored by hints of smoke, fresh loamy soil, violet and cassis. On the palate, bright, almost juicy fruit is supported by intense minerality and phenomenal length. It is structural and fine, with resolved tannins and subdued density resulting in a great complexity. If consumed in the next few years, the wine will benefit from a gentle decanting one or two hours before serving. This wine will also age beautifully for 15-20 years in bottle.
Fruit is sourced from almost every AVA in the Willamette Valley, ensuring optimal blending potential and representation of the diversity of pinot noir in the appellation. Unique sites include vineyards located in the high-elevation Eola-Amity Hills, the foothills of the cool coastal range in the McMinnville AVA, the warm red-soiled vineyards of the Dundee Hills and our expressive Bishop Creek Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. This wine is sourced almost exclusively from biodynamic, organic and LIVE certified vineyards.
- Harvested: September 3 – 19, 2015
- Harvest Brix: 22.6
- Alcohol: 13%
- TA: 5.6g/L
- pH: 3.63
- 33% new French oak
- 67% neutral oak
- Date bottled: December 2016
- Cases made: 2,400
- Date released: April 2017
- Winemakers: Jean-Nicolas Méo and Tracy Kendall