2018 Club Exclusive Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton
Our newest Club Exclusive Pinot Noir showcases the diversity of the varietal within the Willamette Valley and allowed our winemaking team to partner with and explore other sites in the region. Surrounded by the coast range, Chehalem Mountains and Dundee Hills, the Yamhill-Carlton AVA produces ripe, full-bodied wines with blue fruit, purple floral and cola notes that are layered with earth, chocolate, and dark spice flavors.
On average, the 2018 vintage was a warmer and drier growing season. The vintage kicked off with an early bud break. June saw a cool, wet weather period during bloom, which put the vintage back on track for a traditional September harvest. Cluster sizes were smaller and more conducive to producing high-quality wines. The most notable climatic feature to the 2018 vintage, was our pleasantly dry and moderately warm harvest weather that continued into early November. This allowed us to pick based on ripe flavors and near-perfect natural acidity.