2013 Eola Amity Hills, Pinot Noir
We have some great and talented neighbors in the Eola-Amity Hills. Our only bottling in this release to include non-estate fruit, this Pinot Noir is a collection from three vineyards within our AVA; young vines from Seven Springs along with Rocky Hill and Eola Springs vineyards. Our Pinot Noirs begin a natural, indigenous fermentation after a 4-5 day cold soal in our open-top oak and concrete fermenters. Twice daily, gentle punch-downs throughout the fermentation encourage soft extraction of the tannins. This wine was made with no new oak to highlight the purity of fruit and offer immediate pleasure upon release.
For Oregonians, 2013 provided a beautifully warm and sunny spring and summer. The vines experienced an early bud-break and an early bloom and we were coasting towards another gloriously rich and balanced harvest. Picking commenced in the middle of September until an anomalous monsoon blew in off the Pacific, blotted out the autumnal sun, and immediately suspended the harvest. After four days of constant rain, we timidly resumed harvest, fearing the worst. Fortunately, Seven Springs Vineyard is farmed biodynamically – for the past six years – which gave the fruit a thick exterior and made it resilient to the harmful weather, allowing our fruit to emerge healthy after the sun returned.
Showing approachable red fruits, this wine has a lush and soft mouthfeel that offers immediate pleasure. A universally pleasing, delicious pinot noir. Alcohol 12.9% Production 2469 9L cases