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2017 VGR - Pinot Noir
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2017 VGR - Pinot Noir

"This is a blend of parcels, fermented as hand-snipped, single berries in 500-liter amphorae. The intrinsically fragrant and gently tarry red cherries deliver a complex, youthful impression with assertively spicy oak. The palate has a wildly detailed, fresh and juicy array of rich, dark cherries and berries with such long and succulent, fine tannins. Really exceptional expression of Willamette pinot. Drink across the next decade."

95 points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com Oregon 2019 Tasting Report

The 2017 VGR Pinot Noir is a blend of two legendary Willamette Valley vineyards (Shea and Hyland). Made with single vineyard 500L Tuscan clay amphorae fermentations, the VGR is blended a few months before bottling. 

Multilayered and silky, the VGR blend is a symphony of tones including a fragrant Italian plum nose imparted from the Shea Pinot Noir fruit, and a fine-grained, creamy caramel base note imparted from the Pinot Noir fruit grown in the volcanic jory soil of Hyland. 

329 cases produced. 

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SKU: 0017PN-VGR
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Acid
5.3
pH
3.58
Aging
16 months 20% new French oak barrels
Fermentation
Whole berry terracotta clay amphora fermented
Bottling Date
March 4, 2019
Alcohol %
13.0
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Multilayered and silky, the VGR blend is a symphony of tones including a fragrant Italian plum nose imparted from the Shea Pinot Noir fruit, and a fine-grained, creamy caramel base note imparted from the Pinot Noir fruit grown in the volcanic jory soil of Hyland.
Production Notes
We hand-snip the single whole berries off each tightly packed Pinot Noir cluster and ferment in 500L Tuscan clay amphorae. Élevage in 20% new French oak for 16 months before bottling.
Winemaker Notes
Fermentation in clay amphorae softens the tannins without sacrificing structure. Whole berry fermentation imparts an elegance and lift in the mouthfeel.