You all know we only chose wines we love, wines that offer something different and especially wines that we believe in our hearts, most of our Vine Society community will love. So we set out to find a really great Pinot at an affordable price. I have to admit, this wine far exceeded my expectations. For now I will call it a revelation, a unicorn Pinot. But again, that's my palate. Check it out and let me know what you think! Only 570 cases made of this wine.
Five vineyards bring the 2018 version to life, marking the first time this blend is more than two-thirds Eola-Amity Hills. The total mix is 90% EAH, with the own-rooted Sylvia’s (38%), Sojeau (formerly Sojourner) (30%) building the platform with smaller portions of Prophet (13%), and Justice (9%). First Man, the outlier to the North in the foothills near Gaston, completes the blend for the sixth year running (10%).
Bursting aromatics of fresh orchard fruits, berries and flowers bring tremendous intensity, matched on the palate with juicy and vibrant tannins lending a crunchiness to the wine. Medium weight but well framed, the overall balance creates lovely tension before a marked savoriness extends the finish. Higher use of whole cluster in 2018 (approximately 20% on average) lifts the aromatic expression in this wine to new levels, with the firm tannins helping maintain a serious and “food positive” tone. Aged on lees in a combination of new (13%) and used French Oak barrels. Assembled in early December and bottled January 24th, 2020. 13.4% Alcohol.
Violin Pinot Noir 2018 [Willamette Valley, OR]
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