Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, 2017
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About The Wine:
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. The grapes were harvest at 22.5 Brix and then gently de-stemmed before maceration. Macerations take about a week, to avoid harsh tannins. The maceration ends with pressing and a full malolactic fermentation. The wine is gently put in contact with oak for at least 10 months before bottling.
About The Winemaker:
Nicolas Quille was born in Lyon, France, from a family in the wine business for three generations. He studied winemaking in Dijon, Burgundy and Reims, Champagne. His experience includes working in the cellar in France for Martin Prieur and Antonin Rodet in Burgundy and Domaine De La Courtade in Provence. He came to the United States in 1997 and worked for J. Lohr and Hogue Cellars as winemaker, while simultaneously earning an MBA from the University of Washington. More recently he worked for Bonny Doon Vineyard as General Manager under the wing of Randall Grahm. Through his career he’s had the chance to work with many wine grapes, from Pinot Noir in Burgundy to Cabernet Sauvignon in California and of course Riesling in Washington.