2016 Pinot Noir Susan's Vineyard
Susan's Vineyard is a high elevation vineyard located in the Umpqua Valley. Planted all to Dijon Clones this vineyard exhibits the classic Oregon Pinot Noir characters of elegant fruit and forest floor. Vintage 2016 was a warm dry year with perfect growing conditions in late summer and early fall. We harvested on September 20th nearly three weeks earlier than average. The 2016 Susan's Vineyard is 75% clone 777, 12% 114, 12% 115 and 1% 667. We utilized 38% whole cluster. This method of fermenting on the stems with the berries intact contributes beautiful raspberry frambois character to the wine. Aging in 25% new French Oak for 12 months softened the tannins to a silky texture.
The complex nose is full of Cherry, Raspberry, vanilla, baking spice and forest floor. As you taste the wine you will enjoy the silk texture with sweet fruit and structured tannins wrapped in beautiful acidity. The finish is layered in red fruit and a hint of crushed rose petal.