2019 Carbonic Pinot Noir
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SKU: 2019 Carbonic PN
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Sandalwood, Red Cherry, Cacao
Vineyard Notes
Planted in 1991, the 50-acre Hawks View Vineyard offers the ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The eastern-facing slope and Laurelwood soils, combined with dry farming and hand harvesting, allow for wines of great character and distinction.
Production Notes
The 2019 season began with a winter that was cold and wet, but was followed by a warm spring. Near record precipitation amounts during late June and early July brought increased disease pressure to the estate vineyard. The 2019 harvest will be mostly remembered for the early rains in September and rapid cool down into October which attempted to force winemakers’ hands across the Willamette Valley. Degree-day totals were marked by the lowest heat accumulation experienced in September and October since 2007. While waiting for flavors to set, higher humidity caused some damage in the Pinot noir blocks. Suspect bunches were meticulously culled with several passes in the field dropping fruit and long hours were spent on the sorting table making sure only the best fruit made it to tank. In the end, all of the hard work proved worthwhile as the wines show classic Oregon Pinot Noir flavors of hibiscus and dusty cherry, but with exceptional length and elegant textures. The first vintage of Chardonnay to be harvested from the estate vineyard was bright, lean and fruity. However, there were a few barrels of the clone 76 had truly exceptional qualities, enough to mark them as our first ever Reserve bottling of Chardonnay. Our first vintage of Syrah harvested from Cockburn vineyard on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla AVA was allowed to hang a bit longer than their previous vintages as the area had a dry but cooler harvest conditions. This beautiful Syrah fruit has made an amazing barrel aged wine.
Winemaker Notes
"This lithe and expressive wine begins with aromas of raspberries, sandalwood, and fresh-turned earth. On the palate, a warm spice profile follows a quick burst of strawberry, resolving into a silky finish. The fermentation technique of carbonic maceration creates a fruit-forward wine that presents a unique balance between structure and fruit flavor. This novel Pinot Noir should be paired with barbecue (my favorite), leg of lamb, or perhaps even roasted root vegetable dishes. The youth of this wine belies an unexpected complexity, which means that we can immediately enjoy the full range of this precocious wine. Also, I just love this wine because it gives every drinker a sneak peak into the refreshingly fruit forward pinot noirs of the 2019 vintage months before those wines are ready to bottle." -Winemaker, Don Crank III
534 Cases