Grafted 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Noir 2018
The Willamette Valley is a 150 mile long area just south of Portland and running North-South. This exposure leads a relatively uniform ripening through the valley, thus putting an emphasis on the multitude of unique soil compositions to lend their hand in flavor development. The art of the Willamette Valley is to utilize flavors from several different areas to develop a layered wine that showcases the diversity of the region. Grafted Willamette Valley Pinot Noir does just this, seamlessly, and at a value that not only overdelivers but will invite you back for more.
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: The nose is unmistakably Willamette Valley as echoes of pomegranate, forest fern, and a touch of river rock emanate from the glass. As the wine opens on the palate, the bright acid dances as flavors of ripe cranberry, blood orange zest, and muted plum layer harmoniously. The finish carries the slightest touch of white peppercorn and a little more of the aforementioned forest ferns.
Pairings: The acid will boost the flavors of almost anything paired, but go particularly well with cuts of pork, rich Paella, and wild mushroom risotto.
Winemaking: We harvest our Pinot Noir around 23.5 Brix and gently de-stem before maceration. Our fermentations take about a week to avoid harsh tannic flavors. After pressing & malolactic fermentation, the wine ages 10-16 months in a combination of barrels and tanks before blending & bottling.