The 2019 Grande Cuvée Pinot noir is sourced from a collection of family-owned vineyards across the Willamette Valley. Winemaker/Owner Laurent Montaileu refers to this wine as a reflection of the vintage and showcases all that the Willamette Valley has to oer. The wine begins with an overflowing of deep aromas. With hints of baked and spiced cherries, fresh garden herbs, and dried cedar on the nose. On the palate, this wine is full of exuberance, with red fruits that are tart yet supple, and warm spice notes that carry through to the finish of this wine.
After a string of five warmer vintages starting in 2014, the 2019 vintage marks the return of a cool vintage for the Willamette Valley. A relatively mild winter at the end of 2018 was followed by a cold and wet start to 2019. After the cool winter rains relaxed, we were welcomed into early spring with warmer than average temperatures and several long days of sunshine. The sun-filled warm spring days provided our vines an ideal start to the growing season. For the majority of the growing season, we were treated to near-perfect conditions. Long and warm, but not hot, early summer days gave way to cool evenings that allowed the vines to relax. Even with a fantastic growing season, the vintage will be remembered for the early rains in September and rapid cool down into October which challenged harvesting decisions – Patience was key for 2019. Even with the sudden cool down and rain showers, Oregon has carved a reputation for cooler vintages like this. Vintages that produce the complexity and aromatics, along with lower alcohol levels, that people have come to expect from Oregon.
- pH: 3.64
- Alcohol: 13.3%
- RS: 0 g/L