2021 Pinot Blanc

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2021 Pinot Blanc
2021 Pinot Blanc

2021 PINOT BLANC - ESTATE 

Tasting Notes:

Floral and grapefruit notes lead into bright tropical flavors with hints of mango and a touch of minerality.  Refreshing acidity balances the lingering finish.  Try this with smoked salmon salad or shrimp scampi.

 

Winemaking Notes:

The grapes were hand harvested and immediately destemmed and pressed off to minimize skin contact.  Pressing decisions are done by taste and the cycle was stopped at just over one bar of pressure in order to minimize potential phenolics.  After three days of settling, the juice was racked off its lees and inoculated.  Stainless steel fermentation with temperatures being kept at 55° to 58°F lasted about three weeks until the wine was nearly dry while still maintaining its lovely tropical flavors.  The wine was crossflow filtered and bottled under screwcap in January 2022. 

 

Harvest Notes:

The 2020 growing season started with a mild winter and drier than normal spring.  While there were some untimely rains in mid-June for most of the Willamette Valley our cool site meant that bloom came along almost immediately after and we were spared crop thinning by Mother Nature.  The rest of the growing season was almost ideal with moderate day time temperatures and cool nights, leading to a long, slow ripening season.  The fires that struck at Labor Day were nerve racking and many lost their homes making the worry about grapes seem insignificant.  However, growing grapes and making wines is our livelihood and so we persevered.  It again appears that our little bowl of a valley saved as we looked up to the smoky black skies and drifting ash but still had remarkably clean air in our vineyard.  The lack of sun slowed ripening even more and we started harvest closer to our traditional date October 2nd.  Great flavor concentration, balanced acidity and moderate alcohols means the 2020 wines will be excellent now and into the future.

 

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'.

Vintage2021
VarietalPinot blanc
AppellationWillamette Valley
VineyardDunn Forest
DesignationEstate
Harvest Date10/07/2021
PH3.4
AgingStainless Steel
Residual Sugar0.4%
Alcohol13.60%
Wine StyleDry, Crisp
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date01/18/2021
Cases Produced84
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