2016 PINOT NOIR
Vineyard: Silvershot Vineyards
Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Harvest Date: September 6th and September 17, 2016
Clones: Own-rooted Pommard, Dijon 114 & 115, Espiguette 374 and some mystery clones ("suitcase," if you will)
Soils: Marine sedimentary
Farming: No irrigation; no synthetic pesticides or herbicides
Assemblage: 100% Pinot noir
Aging: 6 months in neutral French oak (plus an extra month of barrel fermentation)
Final Alcohol: 14%
Production: 142 cases
Our Thoughts: 2016 was no exception to the streak of warmer to hotter vintages we've experienced in the Willamette Valley over the past few years. We've adapted a game plan of two passes in the vineyard: one early pick to ensure good acid balance, and one mid-month to capture more ripeness and flavor dimension. The second pick happened on a cool, rainy morning, but the extra 11 days in between gave us beautifully lignified stems to include in some ferments to coax out more spice and tannin.
Primary fermentation was a slow and cool 24-day process, using native yeasts and grapes only -- no sulfur. The wine was then aged in six older French oak barrels and bottled after about 11 months.
Possibly our best Pinot noir vintage yet, it's full of bright and juicy red fruit notes framed with structured tannins. Aromas of violet and dried herbs and a slightly saline quality are hallmark characteristics of our home, Silvershot Vineyards.
Suggested Retail Price: $30