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2018 L'Ensemble Pinot Noir

2018 L'Ensemble Pinot Noir
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After years of working with 8 of the top vineyard sites in the Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity, McMinnville and Yamhill-Carlton AVA’s we could not resist creating a SUPER BLEND to show our BEST OF THE BEST. L’Ensemble is truly a cuvée comprised of the most expressive barrels from each  vineyard. Blended for extraordinary depth, complexity, ageability, and finesse. Harvested in small cherry bins, native yeast fermentation and bottled unfined and unfiltered. This wine receives an additional 6 months in barrel to escalate structure and lengthen its aging potential. This blend is comprised of either Bio-dynamic, organic or LIVE certified vineyards only

95 POINTS WINEANORAK “fresh, refined and textural with sweet black cherry and berry fruits, some nice acidity and appropriate tannic structure. It’s harmonious and silky...nice brightness and a bit of grip, suggesting this could age in interesting ways. It has an Oregon stamp, but also an old world sensibility and refinement...never veers off into over-ripeness..” 

95 POINTS DECANTER "Ripe, black fruit of the vintage with an appealing savoury, meaty character and a dense, tannic structure on the palate. Yet the sensitive winemaking has preserved freshness and elegance despite the warm, dry growing season to leave a lasting impression. This wine will age magnificently well."

THE BUYER "the wine is medium ruby-purple; the aromatics sit on a tantalizing balance between New and Old World – are we in Chambolle-Musigny or the Pacific North West? The nose is complex, ripe and sumptuous with mulberry fruit, ripe red cherry, tree bark and red licorice; the palate is quite stunning and places you in the finest Côtes des Nuits sites – tight-knit mouthfeel, precise, detailed – a pomegranate tartness keeping the depth of the red and black fruit in check, nuances of vanilla. To its real credit it doesn’t feel like a blend of sites – it’s got a real harmony, the fruit tightly framed by the acidity which, combined with the chalky tannins, leaves your tongue begging for another mouthful.” 

94 POINTS (CELLAR SELECTION) THE WINE ENTHUSIAST "This is a reserve-level, select-barrel blend from some of the eight sites the winery works with. Already complex and threaded with a mix of blue and black fruits, savory herbs, citrus and sharply defined barrel toast, it’s a wine that may take some years to unpack. Native yeast was used, and one-third was aged in new French oak. Drink through 2033. Cellar Selection."

WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES Dark, brooding color with purple edges. A unique viscosity to this wine in the glass and immediate savory-spices drifting outward. Dark red berries, Hawaiian starfruit, root beer cask and sweet bark emerge as you lean in. Tightly wound entry with prickly pears and pomegranates that expands quickly inside a light shell of sweet vanilla and roasted nuts. The layers of flavors build well with a tight framing of acids, chalky tannins and a level of tension that will certainly reveal more complexity in the months and years to come.

  • Harvested: September 14th-30th
  • Harvest Brix: 23.3
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • TA: 5.2g/L
  • pH: 3.61
  • Cooperage: 33% new French oak
  • Date bottled: June 17, 2020
  • Cases made: 1,145
  • Winemakers: Jean-Nicolas Méo, Tracy Kendall