2013 Marjorie Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Exotic, highly-expressive aromas of raspberry liqueur, Asian spices, cola and smoky minerals, with a suave floral overtone building in the glass. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry and spicecake flavors given spine by juicy acidity. A distinctly elegant, seamless Pinot Noir with superb finishing energy... A standout of its vintage." 93 points, Antonia Galloni, Vinous
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 Marjorie Vineyard is a fourteen barrel blend of the best barrels to come out of the vineyard including twelve barrels from the original own-rooted vines planted in 1982. To our palates, the Marjorie presents itself like a cool Willamette Valley vintage Pinot Noir with bright, red-fruit aromatics, great complexity of delicate flavors and a balanced, elegant structure defined by its acidity.