2018 La Belle Promenade Pinot Noir
This single vineyard Pinot Noir bottling showcases a balanced medley of black and blueberry fruit character countered with herbal, spice and floral notes.
An intense, perfumed nose leaps out of the glass with ripe, saturated, black and blueberry fruit character countered with herbal, spice and floral notes. Pronounced flavors abound in the decadent, silky, medium-bodied palate. Sporting blue fruits, sarsaparilla and lifted florals, the long finish ends with a string of fine grained, well integrated tannins.
100% La Belle Promenade Vineyard | Chehalem Mountains AVA | 700 - 800’ Elevation | Northeastern & Southwestern Exposure | Volcanic Soils, Jory & Nekia | Planted to Mixed Pinot Noir Clones | La Belle Promenade Vineyard is planted to 36 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Grüner Veltliner and Aligoté. It sits on top of volcanic soils, with the western portion of the site consisting of a thick layer of fractured basalt. Due in part to its high elevation, this site allows for great diversity in concert with our other estate vineyard, Flanerie.
784 cases | Bottled August 2019 | pH 3.71 | TA 5.1 | Native yeast fermentation | 37% new French oak | 18% whole cluster
93 Points, Vinous: "Limpid ruby-red. Expressive, spice-tinged cherry and mulberry scents take on hints of woodsmoke, cola and botanical herbs with air. Appealingly sweet and focused on the palate, offering dark berry and cherry cola flavors that slowly firm up through the back half. Shows very good power but comes off lithe and finishes very long and gently chewy, with well-knit tannins and resonating spiciness." -- Josh Raynolds