Origin: United States
- Willamette Valley
Planted in 1997 on our eastern slope, the 10 Acre block is the oldest section of the Estate vineyard. The block gets its full sun in the cool, mild morning hours. This wine was created to exemplify how cooler conditions impact Pinot Noir, and to honor our first plantings. The resultant wines are delicate, with finesse and fine balance. This is broadly structured, with deep, dense, black and purple fruit on the nose, with cream and raspberry notes. Lively and spritely textured with surprising breadth, the palate is consistently fruit forward and complex, with lingering dark cocoa and red fruit. Intense and inviting now, this should develop beneficially for 5-12 years.
2014 started slow, but a warm, dry summer broke through and provided steady sun for a long, even season of ripening. At the time, everyone called it “perfect”, and it has thus far remained exceptional. Harvest was easy and rain-free, allowing us to pick through a longer window, and process more deliberately and with less panic, our usual state. The wines from this vintage are structured, balanced, and impressive.
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