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2014 Wits' End Vineyard Pinot Noir

2014 Wits' End Vineyard Pinot Noir
2014 Wits' End Vineyard Pinot Noir

ABOUT WITS' END VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

This is one of two esate grown Pinot Noirs from Rollin and Corby's Wits' End Vineyard. Nestled 450ft about sea level on a gentle south slope of the Chehalem Mountains AVA, the property is entirely in blonde marine sedimentary soils. Intensely spice driven with herbaceous notes to compliment the dark fruit and tobacco flavors. This wine delivers the most classic expression of high quality Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

WINEMAKING PROCESS

ROCO Pinot Noir is handpicked and then chilled overnight to 38 degrees fahrenheit in our large cold room. The chilled bunches are gently de--stalked and the whole berries fall into smal 1.6 ton open frementers. The berries soak for ten days before beginning ferment with our proprietary, house--cultured indigenous wine yeast. Soaking allows gentle extraction of color and flavor from the berry skin, and not the bitter-tasting seeds. The fermentations are hand punched twice a day to mix the skins and fermenting juices. Ferments are allowed to reach about 28 degrees celsius. A post-fermentation soak occurs until the wine is just right for removing from the skins and seeds. At that time the ferment is gently pressed in our modern tank press. The young wine is sent to barrel for malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and to add further complexity, than racked once to mix of new and three-year-old, tight-grained, French oak barrels. The wines are aged in barrel for 18 or more months before bottling.

2014 VINTAGE NOTES

The 2014 growing season started out beautifully and stayed that way to the end. The gentle warm weather allowed the grape flowers to pollenate in large numbers resulting in many grape clusters. The summer was dry and sunny but ended in some rain. These cold rain events at the end of August and mid September were very welcomed. The precipitation perked the vines up delivering extraordinary fruit. The fruit was harvested from September 11th to October 5th. The sparkling wine grapse showed ripe fruit and high acidity.

91 Wine Enthusiast

91 Wine Spectator

90 Burghound

WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES

Ripe, generous deep plum fruit is framed by an enticing, savory aroma of tealeaf, tobacco, herbs and a hint of rose petal. Brightm red cherry lifts the dense mid-palate, accompanied by notes of lavender and loose tobacco on the sultry and prolonged finsh.

-Rollin Soles, Winemaker

Vintage2014
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationChehalem Mountains AVA
VineyardWits' End Vineyard
Aging18 Months
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/18/2016

91 Wine Enthusiast

"This is the estate vineyard, and really shines in this excellent vintage. Flavors of strawberry pastry filling come up just short of jammy, while the aging for the 18+ months in new and neutral oak brings accents of toast and vanilla. It has the stuffing to age nicely over the next six to eight years." -P.G., 12/16

91 Wine Spectator

"Lighter than most 2014s, this shows open texture and polish to the red berry, pomegranate and rose petal flavors, riding smoothly into the finely wrought finish. Drink now through 2022." -H.S., 02/17

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