Pinot Noir 'Willamette Valley', AVERAEN
In 2015 a mild winter led to early bud break, and early flowering. Weather was perfect around bloom, giving way to excellent fruit set. The hot, dry summer brought accelerated ripening. Warm/early sites came off the vine first week of September, breaking records for red wine harvest timing. Warm, windy and wet in the middle of September bought a bonus couple of weeks in cooler, high-elevation sites, yielding more complex, mature flavors in later picks.
WINEMAKER: Adam Smith
VINEYARDS: Meredith Mitchell, Deux Vert, Eola Springs, Holmes Gap, Chehalem Mountain, Valin, Sisu
HARVEST: September 9th -October 2nd
FERMENTATION: Temperature controlled stainless steel and neutral foudre
AGING: 10 months (Rousseau, Taransaud, François Freres and Remond barrels (228L))
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