2020 Chehalem Club Exclusive Pinot Noir
Dark black cherry and oiled leather aromatics feel strong and vigorous, but the delicate rose petals make their debut and pull you back in. The perfect hint of spice makes this an impeccable wine to pair with soft cheeses. Swirl it another time in your glass and enjoy it over and over again. The vibrant acidity is present to assist with the longevity and lengthy finish.
The 2020 vintage started like a classic, cool-climate Oregon growing season. A cold spike and rain event during bloom created a historically low fruit set. Summer was moderate, and the clusters growing on the vines were extremely small with tiny berries bursting with flavor. As harvest was starting in early September, a freak windstorm created wildfires putting the vintage in jeopardy. We persisted because of our conviction for the fruit’s quality and our belief in our winemaking team’s ability. The resulting 2020 wines are dense with layers of aromatics and structure. Despite challenges, the 2020 wines are beautiful.