2017 Sunny Mountain Pinot Noir

2017 Sunny Mountain Pinot Noir

Lighter in color with good tannin structure and a long finish. This Pinot Noir is incredibly complex, laced with notes of herbs, spices and dark red fruits.

Comprised of pinot noir grapes from Sunny Mountain vineyard located in the Willamette Valley. The vines were planted in 2005 in marine sedimentary-bellpine and volcanic basalt-ritner soil.

This pinot noir is comprised of 3 clones: 23 (Mariafeld), Pommard, and 115.

Only 200 cases produced!

Rose Petal
Cherry
Currant
Fennel

What our team says

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Jillian BarnhartSommelier
Elegant and expressively fruit-forward with notes of red cherry, red currant, neroli oil and fennel.
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Norma BuchholzChef
Beef Bourguignon with fork tender vegetables, cooked with beef, wine, fresh thyme, bayleaf, rosemary and garlic would be the perfect accompaniment with this Pinot.
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Claire JarreauAssistant Winemaker
The only Pinot Noir site we bottle alone planted on marine sedimentary soils, this vintage is a more delicate expression of a warm and very dry site that tends to have lots of power. This vintage, however, showcases more subtlety and restraint with notes of dragon plum and fresh fennel, but also captures the darker and brooding personality of the vineyard.
Limpid ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet features fresh red and blue fruit, floral and exotic spice scents, and a hint of cola builds with air. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry, cherry and boysenberry flavors energized by a spicy flourish and an emerging mineral quality. Finishes very long and precise, with well-judged tannins and resonating florality.
94 Points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Vintage Notes

A wet, cool spring delayed flowering until late June, which set the stage for a later harvest than the previous three vintages.
Hot, dry conditions prevailed through the summer, yielding heat spikes in August. With a larger than normal fruit set, the grapes enjoyed long hang time leading up to harvest. Conditions cooled and brought in scattered rains with the harvest, which began at Brooks on the 28th of September and ran through November 1st, almost returning to normal average harvest dates in the Willamette Valley.
The wines from the vintage show fresh fruit flavors and lively acidity. In all, it will be remembered as a classic vintage in Oregon!

Varietals

Pinot Noir

AVA
Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Vintage
2017
Vineyards
Sunny Mountain
Vinification
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
200
Aging
18 Months
Crush format
Hand Sorted and 100% Destemmed
Bottling date
2019-05-03
Harvest date
2017-10-03
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
By the numbers
Alcohol percentage
13.8
Ph
3.8
Acid
5.6 g/L
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