Varietal: Pinot Noir
Location: Williamette Valley, Oregon, United States
Ratings: 90 Points "Fragrant, spiced-biscuits and floral aromas with light, bright red berries and cherries. The palate has a crunchy, lithe and juicy feel with a sleek, succulent and elegant, pure finish. Drink in the next five years." -James Suckling
Winemaker Note: This wine is all about the bright fresh purity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir! The Commuter Cuvée is our first release Pinot Noir each year and is a blend from multiple Willamette Valley vineyards that capture the essence of each vintage. It’s a wine for every occasion from a family dinner to relaxing in front of the TV. Take it to the beach, the mountains, the office party or along on a bike ride (not encouraging, just saying). This is your anytime go-to bottle. Drink up!
Winemaking: Hand sorted and mostly destemmed, and only 5% whole cluster fermentation this vintage. Aged 8 months on lees, 30% in stainless steel, 68% in French oak, and 2% in concrete tank.
Harvest: A relatively mild and early winter was followed by a wet, yet warm spring. The growing season saw a few mild frosts during late April, but started off warmer than average, moderating through mid-vintage with fewer than average heat spikes and nearrecord precipitation during June and July. The vintage will be remembered for the early rains in September and rapid cool down in October which challenged harvesting decisions.