Give it an hour to breathe and you will be rewarded. For a simple dinner, try this with a beef tenderloin and a wine reduction sauce or a big, juicy blue cheese burger.
2018 Barrel Select Pinot Noir
As wine ages, each barrel imparts its own flavors and aromas on the wine inside. That’s why our founder, David Teppola, developed a barrel-select process many years ago, a method we follow to this day. When it came time to bottle this 2018 Oregon Pinot Noir, our winemaker tasted each barrel, and then blended only the best in a way that highlights the finest qualities of the vintage. We create one “barrel select” bottling for every vintage.
2018 was a smaller vintage for us, after a few years of intense growth we pulled back our production which resulted in fewer bottlings of very powerful wines. Labeled Willamette Valley, this bottling contains fruit from our Yamhill-Carlton Estate, Menefee Vineyard in also in Yamhill-Carlton and Zenith Vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills. Our 2018 Barrel Select Pinot Noir has a definitive rich, bountiful character on the palate. It is robust for a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and has notes of powerful dark fruit, with velvety, integrated tannins.
2018 started hot and dry through spring and summer and felt eerily similar to 2014 and 2015. Thankfully the valley received a hearty rain weeks before harvest and cool temperatures in September and October slowed ripening and gave the fruit additional hang-time. Harvest came late with small, intensely flavored berries from the hot growing season with a high skin-to-juice ratio leading to intriguing and bold wines. More body, and mature, developed fruit are characteristic of the Pinots, definitely a vintage for those that prefer the warmer, bolder years.
Enjoy this bottle now through 2028.