A true journeyman has no 17 PN map but the open road. His instinct and sense of adventure serve as his compass. The mark of his travels are postmarks sent back home. Take a journey. A true journey. Unplug. Find a good friend. Wind down an unknown road. Be amazed by your own instincts and sense of adventure.
Greetings Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a wine hand-crafted with an adventurous spirit. Blackberries, spice, dark cherries – grown & produced with the greatest respect for the earth. Lush and round, but this wine is for a winding road, so it’s curvy, elegant. Long finish. It has all the personality you’d want to compliment a journey…Enjoy.
A return to normal for the Willamette Valley after three consecutive warm 17
vintages.The season started with a cool and wet March, April, and May, which pushed bloom back to late June, setting the stage for a later harvest. Warm and dry conditions prevailed through the summer months creating the ideal situation for steady vine growth and fruit ripening. As with all classic Oregon vintages, it came down to September and October. September heat waves can shrivel fruit, which forces an early harvest and brings the wines out of balance. 2017 did not disappoint.
Two early September rain events refreshed the soils, giving the vines a boost to extend the growing season and build complexity. The first fruit harvested was in the third week of September. Calm and cool weather allowed for an easy pace of harvest through October. Pure, delicate, and vibrant wines with intriguing structures were the result.
Harvest Dates: 9-22 thur 10-23
pH: 3.59 | TA: 5.8g/L | Alc. 13.1%
All grapes were hand-harvested and PN hand-sorted. The fruit underwent a two-day cold soak prior to fermentation for a total of 19 days of skin contact. 100% malolactic fermentation occurred over a five-month period. The wine was aged for eight months in French oak barrels from a variety of coopers.