Alberta CSPC +777816 12 x 750ml bottles per case open stock
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast “With each new vintage, Oregon vintners seem to deliver more and more quality in affordable Pinot Noirs. Here’s a good one. Light and peppery, varietal and balanced, it’s an easy-drinking wine with details of citrus rind. It shows the delicate complexity of the grape without relying on new oak barrels to add extra weight. Enjoy this over the next two or three years.” ~ Paul Gregutt
Each vineyard parcel was selected to compliment the overall blend of this wine. We harvested each vineyard separately, at peak maturity. A blend of Pinot Noir from Chalice Estate Vineyard, Robinson Vineyard (15%), La Cantera Vineyard (12%), Menefee Vineyard (10%) and Elhanan Vineyard (5%) this wine showcases the quality and diversity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. This is a versatile wine, which pairs well with a variety of foods. The fruit was gently destemmed, into stainless steel tanks and to 1.25 ton open top fermenters, to ferment as individual vineyard parcels. Once fermentation was complete, the tanks and fermenters were pressed separately and then barrel aged. After aging though July, the lots were blended together to build complexity.
Vintage Description – The 2019 vintage had warmer than average growing conditions following a warmer than average 2018 and slightly cooler than average 2017. Budbreak occurred late in April which is typical for our vineyard. Bloom occurred with favourable weather in the last week of June. From there on the season was fairly average in terms of precipitation and temperature until September. The fall ripening period reminded us of conditions which were more commonly faced by growers and winemakers in the 1980s and 90s with a relatively early start to the rainy season. In light of this challenge, we made some necessary adjustments to our picking decisions and fermentation techniques to make the best of the grapes we were given.