2015 Second Growth Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains
WINEMAKERíS TASTING NOTES
The Second Growth Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir is dark and rich, leading with red cherry, plum, black tea and raspberry. The wine finishes with bright red fruit, spice and vanilla.
In a similar fashion to the 2014 vintage, the Willamette Valley experienced another extraordinary, nearly ideal growing season. 2015 was a dry season, though never critically hot. This led to perfect ripeness and beautifully balanced fruit. High yields with exceptional quality allowed for another harmonious vintage, albeit almost a month earlier than the previous year. Higher than normal temperatures in spring allowed for early bloom, flower and fruit-set in excellent conditions. The last rains were waved away on the 2nd of June and the Willamette Valley enjoyed a warm and dry growing season with temperatures never threatening over-ripeness. The harvest began in the last week of August, almost a full month earlier than normal. Grape clusters were larger than usual as a result of a very giving vintage, allowing for larger yields at high levels of quality. A twin to 2014, although a year apart, the 2015 vintage provided pristinely clean fruit with minimal ill effects due to disease, pests and birds. With the wines showing extraordinary balance between fruit, sugar and acidity, the harmony of the 2015 vintage sets the stage for some stellar Oregon wines.
These single vineyard grapes were hand-harvested and hand-sorted to ensure the highest quality fruit. The fruit underwent a two-day soak prior to fermentation for a total of 21 days of skin contact. 100% malolactic fermentation occurred over an eight month period. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (20% new) from a variety of coopers.
Harvest date: October 24, 2015
RS: 0 g/l
Brix at harvest: 24 pH: 3.75
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