All of our Pinot Noir is handpicked into 25-pound totes, then hand sorted and destemmed at our four-level gravity flow winery. Fermentations are long and careful. By the middle of November, all of our wine was safely in barrel. We use approximately 20% new oak with our Pinot Noir, which allows the character of the wine and vintage to show through. Barrels are custom made for us in Burgundy, using oak from France's best forests. Our goal is to produce Pinot Noirs with balance, elegance and finesse.
2006 is a vintage that Oregon vintners look upon fondly. After the smaller 2004 and 2005 harvests, a warm but mild growing season led to an easy harvest of exceptional quality and generous yields. In the cellar, our Pinot Noir moved gently through fermentation, always showing off the soft, pretty nature of the vintage. Resembling the wonderful wines of the 2004 vintage, the 2006's trade a touch of elegance for a bit more power, but never does the balance waver.
I find the 2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley very easy to love. It is pretty and charming and graceful, like the 2004, but with a slightly more masculine character. On the nose, the wine is full of bright cherry and intense small red berry notes, with a hint of spice. The mouth feel is lush and round, and very balanced, as is the elegant, long finish. It is a wine to enjoy now, or any time over the next 6-12 years. /Bottle, /Half-Bottle, /Magnum, 0/Jeroboam