2015 Siduri Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton

Year: 2015
Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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"Plump and loaded with polished fruit, offering black raspberry and cherry flavors, with spice and cinnamon accents that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,192 cases made. -T.F." (WS)

Winery Notes:
In comparison to the Chehalem Mountains fruit that we have used for the previous two decades, the fruit from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA produces bigger, richer wines. Though this works well for us given our California experience, our goal here is not to make a California wine out of Oregon fruit, but rather to produce something that is true to type. Moreover, we truly wanted to produce a wine not just with size but also with complexity. Thanks to the great work of vineyard manager, Ken Kupperman, we were able to get fruit that was ripe, rich, and yet also possessed the balance and complexity that we hoped to coax out of the wine.

The 2015 vintage in Oregon was the earliest ripening vintage in our 21 year history of purchasing grapes from the Willamette Valley. It was also one of the driest and warmest summers that we’ve ever experienced—none of which sound typically Oregonian. However, we have two distinct advantages in such vintages: First, we source grapes from the Chehalem Mountains as well as the Yamhill-Carlton, and Eola-Amity regions – this climactic diversity provide us with a wide range of flavors even in a vintage that leads to more homogeneity; Secondly, with 21 vintages, we have learned how to coax complexity and site-specific character out of both warm and cold vintages.

Our Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir comes from the Gran Moraine Vineyard as well as the smaller vineyard that surrounds the Gran Moraine Winery. Because the vineyard surrounding Gran Moraine Winery is dry-farmed we began picking there, spending more time looking at vine conditions rather than concerning ourselves with sugar numbers. Once we saw signs of stress in the leaves we began harvesting the fruit. We picked fruit here at least four different times and, during this process we began picking fruit at the (irrigated) Gran Moraine Vineyard. The Gran Moraine Vineyard is a large vineyard with multiple blocks of different clone and rootstock combinations and thus we sample it quite frequently. Generally it starts ripening at the top of the vineyard and moves down the hill, and that was the case in 2015. We also picked this vineyard in many passes and over a few weeks’ time. Once in the winery we retained stems on several sections while destemming others. After fermentation and malolactic we carefully chose what we thought were our finest and most distinctive lots from these two vineyards and blended them together into this Yamhill-Carlton wine.