2021 Winemaker's Series Classic Clones Pinot Noir 777
NOTES FROM WINEMAKER, KATE PAYNE BROWN
Delicate aromas of violet are supported by luscious red raspberry and cherry, accented with subtler notes of baking spice and earth. The palate has supple tannins with flavors of raspberry cobbler, candied citrus peel, and rooibos tea, driven by a thread of fresh, juicy acidity that carries through to an extended finish.
The 2021 growing season was warmer than average in the Willamette Valley, producing beautifully ripe fruit with vibrant flavors. A dry spring led to lingering rain showers during bloom, which reduced the yield in some blocks. Then, an abnormal heatwave spread across the valley, with temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, the fruit prospered as high temperatures occurred between bloom and véraison when berries were hard and less sensitive to damage. Temperatures tapered off prior to harvest, with warm days and cool nights, which allowed the fruit to ripen at an even and slower pace. Quick yet seemingly smooth, harvest started on August 21 with little to no breaks until we finished on September 26. The resulting wines are balanced with focused flavors, stunning fruit, gorgeous vibrancy, and incredible aging potential.