The Louise cuvée is always special. In each vintage, Véronique knows that there lies hidden a selection of a few favorite barrels that, once nurtured and artfully blended, will become Louise. Seamless, complex, layered and deeply pleasing, it is a rare and decidedly wonderful wine. It is Louise.
All of our Pinot Noir is handpicked and hand-sorted, de-stemmed, and then allowed to ferment at its own pace. Typically in barrel for 15 months, Louise maintains its sense of place and vintage character through a gentle élevage, and the use of only 20% new French oak. Our goal is to produce Pinot Noir with balance, elegance and finesse, and Louise best exemplifies these qualities.
2010 is a spectacular Oregon vintage, reaffirming the magic of Pinot Noir grown in a cool climate. The harvest was the second latest on record in the Willamette Valley, and though our vineyard team wrung their hands until the last minute, we were rewarded with outstanding fruit. The wines have a fresh, inspiring character that defines the Pinot Noir that we hope to make every year.
The 2010 Louise is brilliant ruby in color. On the nose, the wine hints at bright red fruits and wild herbs. The same is found on the palate, with spiciness typical of the Dundee Hills and some of the sauvage quality specific of my family's Estate. Texturally, the Louise is full and lush, followed by round, refined tannins and a firm acidic backbone. Delicious now, I think the structure and long finish will allow this wine to mature beautifully for a decade or more.