This wine saw mostly whole berry, and primarily native yeast fermentation, before aging primarily in neutral French oak for almost a year. We are excited to bottle our 2017 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.
The 2017 vintage presented a challenge with a cold winter and a cooler than normal spring. However, ideal weather after flowering ensured a healthy fruit set. Although the summer was dry and hot, the vines did not undergo drought or stress. By September, everything was on track for a traditional, “normal” Oregon harvest in the Willamette Valley.
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Our LEED Gold and LIVE certified winery combines progressive, environmentally-friendly design with gentle, traditional winemaking practices that minimize our environmental impact, making us one of the premiere sustainable wineries in the Pacific Northwest, and the first LEED Gold Certified winery in the world.
We pick, process, ferment and age each individual section of fruit separately before blending. Our gravity flow technology offers a gentler approach to transferring the wine from tank to barrel, as well as greatly reduces the amount of energy required for wine production.
Our winery produces wines that are elegant, showing ripe red to darker fruits as well as earthy qualities. Our grape varieties, age of the vine, location, and density bring an amazing diversity of flavors to our wines. They are beautifully textured and layered with fine, silky tannins. Vintage can change the expression of our wines, but never overpower their character.
"I strive to make wine that exemplifies the uniqueness of the vineyard and reflect the vintage with balance and elegance. Our Pinot Noir characteristically expresses a combination of red to darker fruits, spice, and fine-grain tannins. The volcanic soil, elevation, exposure, and weather of our Dundee Hills site all combine to create the perfect conditions for growing cool-climate wine grapes."