2016 Rainstorm Pinot Noir
To craft our wonderfully balanced Rainstorm Pinot Noir, we take advantage of Oregon’s diverse landscape by selecting grapes from our vineyards in the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys. With its cool, mild climate, the Willamette Valley of northern Oregon (94% of the blend) produces Pinot Noirs with an earthy, elegant style and complex flavors and subtlety. The hotter and drier climate in southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley region (6% of the blend) produces Pinot Noirs bursting with brilliant, ripe, rich fruit flavors. The resulting wine is fruit-forward, well built and elegant wine with rosehip aromas and flavors of bright cherry and pomegranate.
We harvest our Pinot Noir grapes at about 22.5 Brix and then gently de-stem them before the maceration phase. Our macerations take about a week, to avoid harsh tannins. The maceration ends with pressing and a full malolactic fermentation. After a rough filtration, the wine is gently put in contact with oak for at least 10 months before bottling.