2013 Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 pts– 2013 Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Ruby-red. Highly perfumed scents of dark berries, cola and rose oil. Fleshy, expansive black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors display a suave blend of richness and energy, picking up a spicy character with air. Finishes juicy and very long, with lingering dark fruit flavors and slow-building tannins. Drinking window: 2019-2024"
Though the growing season was warm leading us to an early start to harvest, the rainstorm in late September changed the very nature of the vintage. You can speak about 2013 as two vintages in one because the wines produced from the fruit harvested before and after the rain made very different wines stylistically. Because of the warm spring and summer, the first blocks harvested before the rain produced ripe expressions of Pinot Noir with great depth of flavor and concentration. The fruit picked after the rainstorm produced more refined, elegant expressions of Pinot Noir as if grown in a cool Willamette Valley vintage.
Like many cooler vintages, our winemaker made the deliberate decision to use less whole clusters in 2013, resulting in spicy aromatics without overpowering the wine with tannin. The 2013 Jessie Vineyard will be one the finest expressions of the vintage as it is composed of some of the earliest and latest fruit harvested in 2013.