2014 PINOT NOIR

Vintage: 2014

Vineyard: Crowley Station Vineyards

Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Harvest Date: September 21st & September 28th, 2014

Clones: Own-rooted Pommard, Dijon 114 & 115, Espiguette 374 and some mystery clones ("suitcase," if you will)

Soils: Marine sedimentary

Brix at harvest: 22-23.5

Assemblage: 64% whoie-cluster inclusion

Aging: 9 months in French oak, 25% new barrel

Final Alcohol: 13.2%

Production: 97 cases

Our Thoughts: 2014 was an intense season that started early, with temperatures progressively and relentlessly getting hotter through the summer. The warm and dry conditions at bloom made for record-breaking crop loads that mercifully slowed ripening to a more reasonable mid-late September harvest.

We fermented this wine in a series of tiny vessels (1/8th ton - 1.5 ton sizes) using native yeast that we cultured from the vineyard. Stems were ripe in 2014, so we only destemmed a third of the berries, and allowed the rest of the clusters to remain on their stems during fermentation. The wine was aged in four barrels, one of which was new, for nine months before bottling by hand. Right now in this wine you'll find the scent of spicy rose oil, violets, and red raspberries with a background of damp garden soil. The flavors echo the aromatics, with bright acidity and some seriously structured tannins. We recommend an unabashedly vigorous decanting prior to enjoying now; or, strongly suggest saving some bottles for later as we expect the wine to really start shining over the next five to ten years.

Suggested Retail Price: $27