2018 Sunset Ridge Pinot Noir

A complex Pinot Noir with scents of blackberry, dark cherry, and dried violets with a silky mouthfeel and earthy, porcini mushroom finish.

Comprised of pinot noir grapes from Sunset Ridge vineyard located in the Eola-Amity Hills. The vines were planted in 1997 in marine sedimentary-hazelair, rickreall, and bellpine soil. Sunset Ridge vineyard is farmed sustainably.

These pinot noir grapes are comprised of 5 clone types: 113, 115,  777, 667, and  Pommard.

Only 200 cases produced!

Flavor Notes

Pomegranate
Violets
Blackberry
Mushroom

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Dave McIntyre, Washington Post
Deep and dark notes of pomegranate syrup, raspberry, and blackberry with a weightiness on the body and a long, pleasant finish.
Jillian Barnhart
Sommelier
Pair with tacos! With all the fixings: pico, guacamole, cilantro, cheddar cheese, pickled onion, sour cream and toasted corn tortillas.
Norma Buchholz
Chef
A compelling wine that is dark and brooding with equal parts earth and fruit. Blackberry compote, turmeric and, hints of forest floor.
Tom Weber
Cellar Hand

Winemaking Notes

2018 Vintage: 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!

Vineyards
Sunset Ridge
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
200
Crush format
Hand Sorted and 100% Destemmed
Bottling date
2020-06-25
Harvest date
2018-10-02
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
Alcohol percentage
14.5
Ph
3.7
Acid
5.3 g/L

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