2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir


Tasting Notes:
Our estate Dunn Forest Vineyard and BeckenRidge Vineyard combined to create this lovely food companion. Aromas of black cherry and spice enhance the black fruit flavors. Bright acidity and chewy tannins make this wine enjoyable now and a perfect food companion.

Winemaking Notes:
The fruit was gently de-stemmed by a Euro Select into 1.5-ton fermenters leaving a very high whole berry content. A three or four day cold soak preceded inoculation done with a variety of yeasts designed to increase complexity and mouth-feel. Fermentations were punched down twice a day for ten days with temperatures peaking around 91°F.  The wine was racked via gravity to settling tanks keeping each lot separate and was allowed to settle for two days before being racked to French oak barrels. The skins were shoveled into the press and pressed off to their own settling tank before racking.  Keeping the free run and press wines separate gives me more flexibility in summer when we start blending.  The wines were inoculated for malo-lactic and allowed to age for 10 months.  At the end of August the barrels were racked to tank for blending and crossflow filtering.  The wine was bottled in September 2015.

Harvest Notes:
The 2014 growing season was the warmest on record for the Willamette Valley, until 2015. Our cooler estate vineyard on the edge of the Oregon Coast Range welcomed what was for us steady warmer temperatures rather than a blistering heat wave at the end of the season.  The extra warmth led to early sugar accumulation followed by light rain prior to harvest. This slowed ripening just enough to allow full flavor development producing a well-balanced grape, perfect for making wine.

Our winery and our estate vineyard, Dunn Forest, are LIVE Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe. The vineyard is hand cultivated allowing us to respond to individual vine needs.


A printout of this and the technical data is available under the 'Wine Information' tab above, 'Download Wine Notes'.

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VarietalPinot noir
AppellationWillamette Valley
VineyardDunn Forest, BeckenRidge
Harvest Date10/03/2014
Acid6.6 g/L
AgingFrench Oak Barrels
Wine StyleDry, Medium bodied
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date09/15/2015
Cases Produced1335
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