2018 Cuvée Constantin Pinot Noir
Cuvée Constantin is a nod to one of the great Flâneurs. In his essay "The Painter of Modern Life", Charles Boudelaire writes of a journalist turned street painter, a fixture on the sprawling promenades of Paris: Constantin Guys. As Constantin would wander the streets, searching for inspiration, our winemaker, Grant, walks the cellar to put together this cuvée every year.
Dark, deep, and brooding aromas dominate the nose leading with earthy notes of roasted mushroom, forest floor and spice following through with dark red fruits. The generous palate dances with lively acidity framed with chewy, ripe tannins. The palate is complete with complex flavors of red fruits, tea leaf and earth, showcasing the character of the two vineyards this wine is composed of.
68% La Belle Promenade Vineyard (Chehalem Mountains AVA) & 32 % Flanerie Vineyard (Ribbon Ridge AVA)
780 Cases Bottled | Bottled August 2019 | pH 3.82 | TA 4.9 | Native Yeast Fermentation | 50% New French Oak | 15% Whole Cluster
92 Points, Vinous: "Bright ruby. Subtly smoky, mineral-tinged red and blue fruits on the nose, along with building floral and spice flourishes. Shows very good depth as well as energy to the appealingly sweet black raspberry, cherry cola and spicecake flavors, which deepen slowly through the back half. The mineral and floral notes drive a long, gently chewy finish that features harmonious tannins and a hint of bitter chocolate." -- Josh Raynolds