2017 Rogue Valley Pinot Noir
Medium in hue, our 2017 Pinot Noir is characteristically florally driven with rose petal, red plum and underlying notes of pine resin and mint. On the palate it is smooth, round, and medium-bodied with flavors of tart cherry, orange zest, rhubarb and clove. Its lively acidity carries through the palate and finishes with polished fin-grained tannin.
Harvest completed in our estate vineyards on October 17, 2017. The 2017 vintage was a welcome return to a more classic vintage after four consecutive warm years. The winter was one of the snowiest on record in the last twenty-five years, with delayed bud break in April and bloom in late June. Warm summer weather followed, and harvest began end of September. The subsequent mild autumn an early frost extended harvest as the grapes mature slowly with the cooler weather. Our high elevation lent us cool nights, so we naturally retained acid in the fruit as well. Our 2017 wines will be more similar in characteristics to wine sfrom a decade ago the the recent string of warm vintages.
Our 2017 Pinot Noir is 100% Estate, from both Cedar Ranch and Maple Ranch vineyards. The fruit was hand-harvested at night time temperatures, de-stemmed, and fermented whole berry in small open-top fermentation bins. The three-quarter ton bins are gently punched down for the duration of the 10 to 14 day fermentation. Once primary fermentation is complete, the wine is rached to French oak barrels (17% once filled) for 10 months of barrel aging.