2014 Grande Cuvée Pinot Noir

2014 Grande Cuvée Pinot Noir

Deep, bright red in color with a vibrant and fruity nose. Cheery aromas of black cherry, plum and blackberry compote entice the nose while the soft mouthfeel gives way to flavors of dark fruit with elements of bramble, leather and licorice.


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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Willamette Valley AVA
Production: 7,000 Cases

VINEYARDS

Harvest Date: September 13 - 23, 2014
Yield: 2.5 tons/acre
Brix: 23 - 25
pH 3.67

FERMENTATION AND AGING

Alcohol 13.4%
$30.00 per Bottle
 

Vineyard

By combining grapes from a variety of appellations we created a wine with complex layers. We selected premium vineyard sites throughout the Willamette Valley, including Angela (Yamhill-Carlton), Thistle (Dundee Hills), Zena Crown (Eola-Amity Hills), Kalita (Yamhill-Carlton), and Monk’s Gate (Yamhill-Carlton). All of the vineyard sites embrace viticultural practices that reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides which can have a negative impact on the soil’s health. The vineyard sites were closely monitored to ensure the maximum quality of fruit. Harvest decisions were made based on fruit flavors and sugars.

Vinification

All grapes from the individual vineyard sites were hand-sorted and de-stemmed prior to fermentation. Grapes from each vineyard were fermented individually in small lots. Cold maceration preceded fermentation to maximize color and flavor. The majority of the fruit was fermented in 2½ ton open top stainless steel fermentors. These grapes were punched down daily by hand for a total of 21 days of skin contact. After primary fermentation the juice was gravity-fed directly to barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation occurred over a 5 month period. Aging took place for 10 months in French oak (20% new) barrels from a variety of coopers. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Size 750 ml