2016 Walnut City Pinot Noir

2016 Walnut City Pinot Noir


Astounding energy and freshness accentuated by outgoing aromas of off-the-bush wild raspberries, springtime floral elements, sage and sandalwood. The palate is forward, juicy and approachable, brimming with flavors of sweet Hood strawberries and balanced with easy tannin and bright acidity. The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was structured perfectly for a gentle 10 month élevage in French oak barrels to add depth and texture while retaining its defining freshness and approachability. 

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Hand-harvested. Grapes were mostly destemmed (less than 10% wholecluster) followed by a 3-5 day soak before fermentation proceeded largely uninoculated. Fermenters received a combination of pump overs and punch downs over 12-18 days. Gently pressed and settled before going to barrel. 100% barrel aged. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 

Following relatively ideal back-to-back vintages, 2016 had big shoes to fill. Harvest came even earlier than the previous year, while the days were still warm, sunny and long. Crops were healthy and balanced, yields were low, and flavors expressive. We enjoyed a picking window that spanned over a month for this wine, with Sylvia’s arriving first on the 27th of August and Four Winds, at 600+ feet in elevation, holding out until almost October. 

Alcohol : 13.9%

Cases Produced : 1,690

Vineyards Sourced : La Cantera (Chehalem Mountains AVA), Sylvia’s (Eola-Amity Hills AVA), Yamhill Springs (Eola-Amity Hills AVA), Robinson (Willamette Valley), Four Winds (Willamette Valley)