2008 ESTATE PINOT NOIR

100% Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley Vineyards

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $40.00
club price: $32.00
available:None
cases:3379
formats: 750mL
released:May 12, 2010
date profiled:Mar 24, 2011
region:Willamette Valley
AVA:Willamette Valley
vineyards:Elton Vineyards, Willamet ... Elton Vineyards, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Tualatin Estate
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:23.4°
alcohol:13.5%
fined:No
filtered:No
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:50% New  
oak aging: 10 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
pinot noir 100%
 
 
Winemaker Forrest Klaffke Notes
The stylistic vision is pure Pinot Noir fruit with a soft juicy mouthfeel, balanced oak and soft, sweet ripe tannins. The methodology includes attention to detail from vineyard to bottle. Picked at peak ripeness, the fruit was gently destemmed, with approximately 60% of the berries remaining intact for intra-berry fermentation (which adds fruitiness). Prior to fermentation, the must underwent a 4 day pre-fermentation cold soak providing improved fruitiness and mouthfeel. On the fourth day, the must was inoculated with indigenous yeast. After 8-12 days of fermentation in small fermenters (punched down by hand), the must was pressed out with about 1% residual sugar and allowed to settle in the tank overnight. The new wine was ...more... barreled with light, fluffy lees where it finished primary fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation.
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