2010 Estate Vineyard - Adalfo's Block Magnum
In the Vineyard
Fruit for this bottling came entirely from Adalfo’s Block on the southern side of our Estate Vineyard. The block consists of one acre (each) plantings of Pinot noir clones 115, Wadenswil, 667, and 777. Grapes were harvested on October 18. Harvest chemistry was on average 21.6 Brix, 3.38 pH and 7.3 TA.
At the Winery
Grapes were 100% destemmed and cold soaked for four days. Fermenters were then heated to 75°F and inoculated with commercial yeast (BM45/BRL97/71B) and fermented for 16 days. After gently pressing off its skins, we settled the wine in tank for 24 hours then racked clean into barrels made by Ermitage, Cadus, and Remond. About 27.5% of this was new oak.
At the Table
If there could be a textbook example of the 2010 vintage Oregon Pinot, this would be it. Visually, this wine is clear garnet, modestly concentrated. On the nose, sweet fruit like Bing cherry, Oregon strawberry, and Italian plums are kissed with a dash of graphite, clove and cinnamon. The palate corroborates the nose, plus reveals a little baking chocolate. This wine is supple, yet its lightness and acidity keep it conservative and restrained.
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