2014 Fleur de Lis

2014 Fleur de Lis


We sourced this pinot noir from the Bradley Vineyard planted in 1983 by John and Bonnie on a west facing bench, 300’ elevation, one mile from our winery in Elkton. We started this white pinot project in 2010, the coolest vintage we had experienced in Elkton. 2014 was the warmest year on record in Oregon. The wine is so much fun to make and share it now seems necessary to make it every year. With our white pinot noir, we bring the fruit into the winery early morning while still quite cold and gently whole cluster press the grapes to tank for settling. The juice picks up very little color with this treatment. We ferment our white pinot noir in old “neutral” barrels. We like all the barrel contributes to the maturation of the wine, but we do not want any oak flavors. The wine is aged sur lie and we stir the lees at every topping. This technique helps to broaden the mouth feel of the wine and give it more texture.

The wine is a faint golden hue. The aroma has white cherries, green apples and lemon zest with a backdrop of high desert wild herbs. The flavors have a nice tart green apple and citrus complexity. The texture is round and full, balanced by the nice fresh acidity. The finish is quite long, lingering and satisfying.

This is a great seafood and shellfish wine!

Production: 374 cases
Alcohol: 14.4%ABV
Total Acidity: 7.8g/L
pH: 3.32

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