In 2012, a cool
and wet June was followed by a warm, unusually dry sumer. Less than
one-tenth of an inch of rain fell from July 1st to mid-October.
Harvest of perfectly ripe Pinot Noir grapes began at our Erratic
Oaks Voiineyard on Ballard Road on October 9th and then continued
through the end of the month at the winery's Estate Vineyard and
other sselected sites throughout the Willamettte Valley.
Our 2012 Pinot
Noir continues the Firesteed tradition of a consistent fruit
driven style, achieved with gentle techniques in the cellar
and imagination in the vineyard. The grapes were fermented in
stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts propagated from cellars
in Burgundy, pressed during the last days of fermentation, and
racked as soon as the wine finished malo-lactic
fermentation. A touch of barrel-aged wine was included in the
blend to round out the flavors and enhance complexity.
This wine's spicy
aromas of clove, star anise, cinnamon stick and peppercorn meld
with flavors of raspberry, black cherry and cassis and encourage a
second sip before flowing into the soft, lingering finish.
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