Gran Moraine Rose of Pinot Noir 2017
Rosé of Pinot Noir
The 2017 growing year started with a cold and late winter that transitioned into a wet, cool spring causing delayed flowering, setting the stage for a later harvest. Then hot, dry conditions prevailed
through the summer and early autumn causing the vines to have some drought stress. If it were not for the later bud burst and flowering, we would have been picking in August. Fortunately, the
phenological development was as such that harvest did not start until the 17th of September. This vintage is classically Oregon displaying beautiful fruit, restraint, and bountiful acidity.
GRAN MORAINE VINEYARD
The Gran Moraine Vineyard was planted in 2005 to several different Dijon clones. Located five miles west of the town of Carlton, this site is one of the more westerly vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and therefore subject to the cooling afternoon breezes that roll off the Pacific. A variety of slopes, aspects, row direction, and plant material offer a wide diversity of blocks to choose from when blending.
This dry Rosé is purposely crafted from 100 percent whole cluster pressed Pinot Noir, hand-selected from our estate vineyards in Yamhill-Carlton. The clones (828, 777, 114) were selected for their acidity, bright fruit characteristics and skins that extract very little color. The fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness and the berries were gently pressed, cold settled and fermented in flex tanks with selected yeast strains to enhance the unique aromatics and flavors.
Rose petal, pineapple juice, tangerine, starfruit, maraschino cherry, honeysuckle nectar
Marcona almond, Chinese gooseberry, lemongrass, tamarind, watermelon
Sponge cake, bright cleansing acidity, very long citrus finish