2013 Ferris Wheel Estate Pinot Noir

2013 Ferris Wheel Estate Pinot Noir

38.00

89 points Wine Enthusiast
Silver Medal, Oregon Wine Experience

The dormant season was warmer than normal.  2013 overall was the first of three successive years of record breaking warmer years.  2013 was the first season to see our site go over 2000 Growing Degree Days, often viewed as the lowest threshold for ripening vinifera grapes.   Our site at 1000’ elevation did not see excessive fall heat spikes and we were able to wait until after the September rains for the fruit to regain its composure.  We brought in very good looking fruit on October 6 at 21.3 Brix, 3.43pH and 9.3g/L TA.  We used a portion of the fruit for our white pinot noir and destemmed the rest to bins for red wine.  The color is a lively transparent garnet.  The aromas exhibit tangy red and dark cherry fruit with a pleasing tension that teases out blueberry and pomegranate notes.  These are nicely coupled with high toned spices and wild herbs.  The wine is very lively in the mouth with good red fruits, blueberries, black berries and some plums.  The tannins are apparent, but well integrated with the acidity and overall fruit profile.  The texture for this moderate alcohol wine is quite full.  The finish goes on and on.  This is a pinot that will stand up well with our favorite grilled leg of lamb with olive oil, garlic and rosemary.  And of course, a northwest favorite, salmon over a flame with it’s oily flesh would be sublime.  We do ours, whole filets skin side down, on a grill covered with iceberg lettuce, preserving the moisture, with a simple lemon butter sauce.

89 points Wine Enthusiast
Silver Medal, Oregon Wine Experience

 

360 cases bottled March 2015

12.8%ABV

6.5g/L TA

3.65pH

 

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