2021 Corral Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points - Wine Enthusiast
TASTING NOTES FROM WINEMAKER, KATIE SANTORA
A classic expression of Corral Creek terroir, beginning with delicate fruit and floral aromas that range from cranberry and red cherry to pretty notes of rose petal. The texture is lively, moving across the length of the tongue, accompanied by a clean backbone of brightness and a plush, full finish with fruit and texture together.
VINTAGE OVERVIEW 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 veraison 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.