2019 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Duck Pond Cellars
Luscious red and black cherry tones that immediately fill the glass with accent flavors of herbs, sassafras, cola, and oak notes of vanilla, baking spice, and toast
Luscious red and black cherry tones that immediately fill the glass with accent flavors of herbs, sassafras, cola, and oak notes of vanilla, baking spice, and toast. Fresh and floral with violets and roses, dried herbs, and a touch of smoke. The wine is loaded with delicious vibrant tones of ripe red cherry, raspberry, and boysenberry. The 2019 vintage seems to have a dark fruit profile with more bush fruit in general than the previous few vintages. Even with the cooler temperatures, the wines show plenty of ripe fruit flavors along with dried leaves, turned potting soil, and wilted flowers. The finish is long and developing with fresh acidity, mouth-filling richness, and lingering fruit notes of red berries and spice. An outstanding effort representing traditional Willamette Valley Pinot Noir style.
2019 was a winemaker’s vintage. A cool vintage by all accounts led to a long slow ripening growing season. Late rains spread out the harvest and our picking decisions became key to building this powerful yet elegant wine.
This Pinot Noir was sourced from vineyards throughout the valley contributing to a well balanced palate and complex nose. We use multiple sites to create the best representation of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir that we can. This gives us many tools to work with to build wines of complexity and nuance. Grapes underwent a 3-5 day cold soak. During a small lot fermentation, a variety of yeasts were used for layered complexity then rounded out with barrel time and French oak contact.