In the Cellar: In 2017 we were sorting the fruit by hand in t-shirts and shorts. Our typically cool and rainy Oregon harvests have turned bright and sunny over the last few vintages. This wine is 30% whole cluster and much of the blend was treated only with pigéage and no punch-downs. Julia’s approach to pinot has gotten much gentler over the last two vintages. It was aged in a combination of neutral oak and neutral puncheons. We find the elegant red fruit from the Eola-Amity Hills blends nicely with the cool spices from the Johan Vineyard and the ripe cherry and earth from the Dundee Hills; resulting in a wine that truly represents a blend of what the different AVAs uniquely offer.
The Vintage: The spring and summer were very dry and warm; however, we didn’t suffer from any serious heat spikes and a cool autumn extended the vintage. That allowed grapes to hang and develop complex flavors on the vine while retaining fresh acidity.