About the Vintage
Willamette Valley is a growing region that tends to experience unpredictable heat spikes in the spring and summer and heavy rains during harvest. 2015 proved to have neither of these challenges, making it an ideal growing season. While the days did not get too hot, the nights on average were warmer than other vintages, allowing the fruit to ripen evenly and achieve maturity early enough to be picked before the rain came in late September.
Winemaker's Tasting Note
Our 2015 Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir exhibits the distinct qualities that make Willamette Valley Pinot Noir especially unique: beautiful savory earth qualities in tandem with vibrant red fruit notes. The wine opens up with an elegant bouquet of plum, iris, violets and earl gray tea, and pine. Cranberry and pomegranate fruit burst forth on the palate and persists through the finish. The structured yet elegant quality of the tannins suggest several years of aging.