The spring of 2019 was warm and wet, leading to an on-schedule bud break. June cooled off quite a bit and the vines hit the brakes, lowering yields and increasing quality. June was bookended with a warm late summer, but without the presence of any significant heat spikes. The vines and grapes moved along steadily. Veraison in mid-August was followed by a cool September that slowed ripening and let the grapes hang for a long slow finish on the vine.
The Pinot Noir comes from the Vista Grande Vineyard high in the Chehalem Mountains, farmed by Doug and Kate Christensen. We picked the fruit October 6 in the early morning fog which lifted to clear skies. Fermentation over the next 20 days with light extraction made for a beautiful, elegant wine with vibrant acidity. Currently in barrel, the wine is showing notes of raspberry and cranberry, cola and tea, with a whisper of oak.
The Syrah was harvested on October 17 by hand from the Lewis Vineyard just west of The Dalles, OR. Farmed by Lonnie Wright from 20-year-old vines, fermented by us over 18 days and aging in the barrel currently. The Syrah is showing supple tannins with notes of rhubarb, blackberry and spice.