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2015 Ancient Waters Pinot Noir

2015 Ancient Waters Pinot Noir
2015 Ancient Waters Pinot Noir

ABOUT ANCIENT WATERS PINOT NOIR

One of our proprietary blends, Ancient Waters sources the highest quality fruit from Wapato Ridge Vineyard and the famed Shea Vineyard. Ancient Waters’ name is derived from the marine sedimentary soils in which the vines are planted. Ancient Waters is a powerful wine that showcases the intense flavors possible in Pinot Noirs from the Willamette Valley.


WINEMAKING PROCESS

ROCO Pinot Noir is handpicked and then chilled overnight to 38°F in our large cold room. The chilled bunches are gently de-stalked and the whole berries fall into small 1.6 ton open fermenters. 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 skins and fermenting juices. Ferments are allowed to reach about 28°C. 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, then racked once to a unique ratio of new to three-year-old, tight-grained, French oak barrels. The wines are aged in barrel for 18 or more months before bottling.

 

2015 VINTAGE NOTES

This growing season was one of those warm, sunny experiences that we all desire in the often challenging Willamette Valley. Other than a spot of high temperatures, nearly the entirety of August punched in the 80’s with clear blue skies and virtually no precipitation occurred all summer long. On August 28-30th we received a refreshing 1.3 inches of rain, which perked up the vines, the acid bounced back and fruit flavors became livened once again. We were able to pick at optimum ripeness beginning around September 4th through September 23rd. 

 


94 James Suckling

WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES

Lip smacking fruit, with a powerful front spalsh of plum, blueberry, and Rainier cherry. This wine rides the rail of masculine Pinot Noir, yet offers a soft teddy bear center, then jumps back onto the rich, black fruit and spice for a delightfully long finish.

-Rollin Soles, Winemaker

New Release!

Vintage2015
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationWillamette Valley
VineyardWapato Vineyard & Wits' End Estate Vineyard
Aging18 Months
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced216

94 James Suckling

"This pinot noir shows raspberries, blueberries and plums. Some smoke. Medium to full body, ripe and firm tannins and a precise and focused finish. I like the tension here. Drink or hold. " -J.S., 1/18

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