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.
2011 was Oregon's latest growing season with a cool and wet September turning into a dry and moderately warm October. Harvest lasted into November, allowing for full maturity and excellent flavor development. Strict sorting was required, but by all accounts, 2011 has turned out to be an exciting year for Pinot Noir.
The first I thing I notice about the 2011 Louise is the deep ruby core of color, which is not always the case in late years. On the nose, the wine is attractive and lively, with everything in place - a perfumed mix of crushed red flowers and sweet red berries with a hint of spice. Fresh and lifted, the palate offers spicy, floral and dried red fruit flavors, wonderful weight, and a texture that delivers a velvet carpet of refined tannins. The finish is lovely, long and balanced. Overall, I could enjoy the 2011 incredibly now, but am excited to enjoy it in the coming decades.