2015 Pinot Noir Rebecca's Reserve
Planted in 1992, the vines in the Rebecca’s block are planted on 4 x 4 spacing. This increase in vine density applies stress, resulting in unique characteristics in the wines.
September 23, 2015
Aromas of black pepper, black cherry, stewed cranberries, and toasted walnut. Spicy on the palate, with cloves, eucalyptus, black tea, and moderate, chewy tannins, balanced acidity, and a long finish.
November 2017 Winner: Cellar Select, Oregon Wine Press. Both spice and earth define this Pinot Noir. Aromas of tangerine zest, cherry, dried mint and orange-scented tea leaves waft from the glass with a whisper of cinnamon. Flavors of black pepper and green cardamom add interest to the palate as well as fresh, cool forest flavors and sassafras. Sturdy structure and a lingering, earthy finish.
The Rebecca's block was planted in 1992 and consists of Pommard and Dijon 115 clones. The vine spacing for this block is unique; the plants are four feet apart, four feet in between rows, with a larger tractor break every fourth row. This strategy increases vine density and applies stress while allowing for some tractor access to the block.
The grapes were harvested by hand and destemmed into a bin for a 7-day cold soak. When fermentation began, the must was pumped over and punched down twice daily. After fermentation was complete, the must was pressed, and the wine settled overnight. The wine was racked to 25% new French oak barrels and aged for 20 months until bottling. This wine was bottled without fining or filtration.