2018 PINOT NOIR
Vineyard: Silvershot Vineyards
Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Harvest Date: September 25 & September 29, 2018
Clones: Own-rooted Pommard, Dijon 114 & 115, Espiguette 374 and some mystery clones ("suitcase," if you will); Pommard and Dijon 777 on 3309C
Soils: Marine sedimentary
Assemblage: 80% whoie-cluster inclusion
Aging: 9 months in French and Oregon oak
Final Alcohol: 12.9%
Production: 150 cases
Our Thoughts: 2018 was marked by a hot, dry summer that gave way to a mild September with periods of cool weather and rain. Harvest began in-line with historical averages. Grapes for this wine come from Silvershot Vineyards, which is kind of our "estate," if you will. The far more leisurely pace of 2018 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.
Less than one quarter of the grapes were destemmed into open-top fermenters, and the remaining 80% of the fruit was fermented whole-cluster (either open-top or carbonically). 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 and Oregon oak barrels for nine months to go through native secondary over the winter and spring. We bottled the wine by hand in July of 2019 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