2012 Crawford Beck Magnum
In the Vineyard
In 2012 we had the great pleasure of adding a new sub-appellation to the Raptor Ridge mix when David and Jeanne Beck approached us about working with their Dijon 115 clone Pinot noir from Crawford Beck Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. These meticulously managed vines are planted in Jory soils at 460-foot elevation and impart classic blue-fruit profiles found in the Eola-Amity AVA, with a lovely hint of forest floor and pepper spice wrapped in a very silky texture.
Crawford Beck Vineyard was harvested October 14 with fruit chemistry of 22.8 Brix, pH 3.52 and TA 5.5.
At the Winery
The grapes were 100% destemmed and cold soaked for 9 days. Vats were inoculated with Williams-Selyem, and 71-B commercial yeast strains, and fermented for 18 days before pressing and settling in tank. After two days, the wine was racked into 20% new French oak barrels produced by Remond, Hermitage and Atelier. These lots were aged for 9 months before bottling in August of 2013.
At the Table
Of our 2012 Pinot lineup, this wine is the most characteristically New World in style. In the glass, this brooding beauty has a fresh, dark plum color. Its nose is deep with early picked blackberries, chocolate, and black cherry (or was that Cadbury cherry cordial?). This unique nod to wild berry jam continues on the palate with a hint of candied cherry, wrapped in a taut frame of slightly new oak, and white tea leaf. Pair with American classics like BBQ chicken and sweet potato fries.