2017 PINOT NOIR
Vineyard: Silvershot Vineyards
Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Harvest Date: October7th, 2017
Clones: Own-rooted Pommard, Dijon 114 & 115, Espiguette 374 and some mystery clones ("suitcase," if you will)
Soils: Marine sedimentary
Brix at harvest: 23.3
Assemblage: 30% whoie-cluster inclusion
Aging: 9 months in French oak, 12.5% new barrel
Final Alcohol: 12.9%
Production: 191 cases
Our Thoughts: 2017 was a lovely and much-needed return to a "classic" Oregon vintage with harvest arriving in early October. Grapes for this wine come from Silvershot Vineyards, which is kind of our "estate," if you will. The far more leisurely pace of 2017 meant that we could allow the fruit to hang and develop complexity without blowing out the acid or running up the sugars. This wine comes from a mix of Pinot noir parcels from around the 15 acres planted at Silvershot, including the fruits of the 30 mistake plants of Chardonnay woven into the West Block.
Two-thirds of the grapes were destemmed into open-top fermenters, and one third was fermented whole-cluster. All of our fermentations are kicked off with a little wild yeast pied-de-cuve, which we culture from the vineyard prior to harvest. For fun, we co-fermented the Pinot noir and Chardonnay together, which adds to the depth of color in the wine and some unique flavors. We did foot treading on the fermenters at least once a day (twice, sometimes three times when they were unruly) for 19 days until primary fermentation finished, and then into a mix of mostly neutral French oak barrels for nine months to go through native secondary over the winter and spring. We bottled the wine by hand in July of 2018 without any fining or filtration.
The wine exhibits what we consider to be the signature terroir characteristics of Silvershot Vineyards: delicate aromas and flavors of red berries and violets, brick dust and walnut shell, with a finish of dried herbs and saline. As is also typical of wines from the site, it has bright acidity and robust tannins that will unwind and soften over time (or with a vigorous decanting for those who can't wait).
Suggested Retail Price: $30