Elouan Reserve Klamath Kettle Pinot Noir 2017
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2017 KLAMATH’S KETTLE ROGUE VALLEY RESERVE PINOT NOIR
THE ROGUE BASIN WAS CREATED WHEN THE KLAMATH RANGE PUSHED UP AGAINST THE CASCADES,
FOLLOWED BY ERAS OF EROSION FORMING A DEEP FERTILE BOWL SURROUNDED BY PROTECTIVE HILLS.
THIS GEOLOGIC FEATURE PAIRED WITH THE COOL, MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE YIELDS A PINOT NOIR WITH
WEIGHT AND ELEGANCE. AT ELOUAN, WE WORK TO FOCUS THESE DISCRETE ELEMENTS INTO A UNIQUE
OREGON RESERVE PINOT NOIR.
The winter period was recorded as one of the coldest and wettest winters in the last 100 years. Fortunately, the cool and uneven weather in spring transitioned to a warm summer with very mild
evenings. The consistently hot weather during the summer period caused veraison to start in late July and was completed by the middle of August. The fruit retained very good acidity and had
excellent color and flavor development. We began harvest in this South Western Oregon region in late September and wrapped up an excellent harvest by the third week in October.
After harvesting the grapes, we destemmed 100% of the clusters. During fermentation, we employ techniques to tailor extraction to the needs of each lot. By catering to the individual needs of each
fermentation lot, we can ensure that our style of reactive winemaking is the best way to coax the most ethereal and true qualities from Pinot Noir fruit. We aged the wine for eight months in a mix
of new and seasoned French oak barrels and racked it twice; once after malolactic fermentation was complete, and again at blending.
COLOR: Dark, shimmering ruby red.
AROMAS: Deep notes of plum, red cherries and black currant jam with subtle touches of toasty vanilla and spice.
PALATE: Rich, ripe fruit flavors of plum, cherry, mixed berry jam, and blackberry. Smooth tannins round out the mouthfeel.
Crispy duck, roasted lamb with rosemary, roasted brussel sprouts, or broccolini.