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"Longtime value producer Firesteed has another winner. This pretty Pinot shows excellent ripeness and full-bodied fruit flavor, thanks to the southern-Oregon components. Strawberries and tart raspberries come through cleanly, with a touch of cola in the aftertaste."-WE
"In 2013, the growing season was early, starting with a warm wet spring, then an exceptional summer that briefly yielded to a wayward storm in late September. Harvest of ripe fruit begins at Firesteed's Estate Vineyard on Hwy. 99 W on September 16th, then three days later at our Erratic Oaks Vineyard on Ballard Road. Picking continued there and several other selected sites around the Willamette Valley, finishing up on October 15th.
Our 2013 Pinot Noir continues the Firesteed tradition of a consistent fruit driven style, achieved with gentle techniques in the cellar and imagination in the vineyard. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts propagated from cellars in Burgundy, pressed during the last days of fermentation, and racked as soon as the wine finished malo-lactic fermentation. A touch of barrel-aged wine was included in the blend to round out the flavors and enhance complexity.
This wine is expressive, with focused aromas of wild blueberry, ripe raspberry and hints of white pepper. Flavors of black licorice, cocoa powder and espresso encourage a second sip before flowing into the soft, lingering finish." ~ Winery notes
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From the moment we began making wine in 1993; we have been dedicated to producing premium quality varietal wines in Oregon at affordable prices. Although Firesteed started small, we've enjoyed steady growth, great reviews and the gratifying loyalty of our customers and business partners, all thanks to the consistent quality and value of our wines.
Consistent quality is not always easy to achieve because winemaking is a timeless, mysterious and romantic undertaking, full of unpredictability and challenges. Over the years, we have learned to appreciate and work with the forces of nature, adjusting to the changing cycles of the sun and rain and the fertility of the soil in order to create varietals and blends that are wonderful in youth and often become better with every passing year.
Our first ten years of hard work, perseverance and patience were rewarded in 2002 when we moved into the Firesteed Winery and Tasting Room in Rickreall, Oregon. We invite you to visit us, tour our vineyards and taste our wines surrounded by the legendary beauty of Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country. You'll find us about an hour's drive from Portland, just 13 miles west of Salem and 2 miles north of the intersection of Pacific Highway (99W) and Highway 22.