1.5L - 2008 Chehalem Mountains Select Pinot Noir
On the nose the Chehalem Mountain Select is quite generous, with ripe dark cherries, boysenberries, chocolate and flowers. The palate rides the fence between red and black berries, adding earth, light spice and a touch of minerality. The mouth feel of this wine is rich, but at the same time feels bright because of the wonderful supporting acids. This lovely pinot finishes long, soft and sweet, all the while enveloped by ripe, round tannins.
Alloro, 50% Arbre Vert, 10% Hawks View, 30% Shaw Mountain, at 10% Chehalem Mountain AVA soil types are predominately of alluvial origin (sedimentary), with volcanic-based subsoil’s. Clones: 50% Pommard, 20% Dijon 114, 10% each of Dijon 115, 777 and Wadensvil.
The grapes were picked October 13-24 and fermented by indigenous yeast in small fermentors. The different lots were punched down three times daily, very gently pressed and racked to a variety of French oak barrels- 20% new, 20% one year old, 40% 2 years old, with remainder in older, neutral wood. The barrels were racked in April, and then again in August at blending. After the final blend was chosen, the wine returned to barrel to rest for another 11 months.