We just began our 2018 grape harvest in the luscious Willamette Valley and as we look toward harvest, we can only hope it will be as bountiful as 2014 which may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime.
Conditions were optimal throughout the growing season. Bud break averaged two weeks early, the the lead was maintained through harvest. Spring conditions were dry and warm, producing even flowering and heavy set fruit. Warm nights and moderate daytime temperatures during the summer months contributed to even ripening without heat stress.
Harvest began in late September, about two weeks early. Conditions remained mostly dry through September with a few showers at the end of the month, which helped lower the rapidly rising sugars. The fruit arrived in pristine condition, and we processed it in short-sleeved shirts and counted our blessings.
Our 2014 Selection Pinot Noir reflects the harvest beautifully. A selection of our favorite barrels from the vintage, the 2014 Selection is an elegant, terroir-driven Pinot Noir. A lustrous garnet hue in the glass, the wine opens with rich aromas of black cherries, forest floor, and baking spices. Seductively savory notes of elderberry and driftwood smoke on the palate are punctuated by vibrant acidity and fine tannins. The finish is long and resonant, with notes of blood orange and incense cedar.
We're proud to work with the following viticulturists whose expertise and passion for growing exceptional grapes makes this vintage possible:
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Cattrall Vineyard, JMD Vineyard, Temperance Hill Vineyard, Zielinski Vineyard, Crannell Vineyard, Madrona Hill Vinyard
Willamette Valley AVA
We recommend taking home at least two bottles of this vintage. Exceptional now, we believe it will continue to evolve for at least a decade.