2018 Oak Ridge Pinot Noir

A lighter Pinot Noir, with food-friendly tannins and acidity, with notes of loganberry, red apple skin, rosehip, and tarragon. 

Comprised of pinot noir grapes of one clone, Pommard, from the Oak Ridge vineyard located in the Columbia Gorge. The vines were planted in 2005 in wind-blown loess soil. Oak Ridge Vineyard is farmed organically.

Only 150 cases produced!

Flavor Notes

Raspberry
Iron
Tarragon
Strawberry

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Dave McIntyre, Washington Post
Lighter bodied with beautiful tannin structure, this Pinot Noir has earthy layers of dried leaves and sun-dried tomato balanced by notes of bright red fruits.
Jillian Barnhart
Sommelier
This wine would be wonderful with a spring pea, sundried tomato & guanciale pasta with a creamy parmesan sauce and some wilted spinach. So good!
Norma Buchholz
Chef
Oak Ridge is a stunning sub-alpine vineyard sitting on the North side of the Columbia Gorge. Ripe red cherry, savory, and baking spice notes infuse the bouquet, while juicy red fruits fill the palate, finishing with crunchy, fine tannins.
Tom Weber
Cellar Hand

Winemaking Notes

A wet and cool April delayed bud break, but by bloom, we were quickly caught up to average tracking for the season. Summer was steadily warm but without heat spikes or temperature extremes experienced in 2016 and 2017.
By mid-September, the vines became weary from much sun and not much water and began to shut down causing ripening to stall. A brief rain event and cool down gave the vines the respite and harvest the jumpstart it needed.
We picked Pinot in a concentrated two-week window running until October 10. The Riesling, however, enjoyed an extended spell of sunny but cool autumnal weather that was perfectly ideal for beautiful ripening lasting through October 22.
The resulting wines from the season are vibrant, fresh, and full of concentrated flavor.
A hallmark vintage!

Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Vintage
2018
Vineyards
Oak Ridge
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
150
Aging
18 Months
Crush format
Hand Sorted and 100% Destemmed
Bottling date
2020-06-22
Harvest date
2018-09-27
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
Alcohol percentage
13.8
Ph
3.67
Acid
5.9 g/L

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