2019 Club Exclusive Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir
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 cola, blue fruit, and purple floral notes that are layered with earth, chocolate, and dark spice flavors.
The 2019 vintage was a return to a classic Oregon growing season. Bud break, bloom, lag phase, and harvest dates all fell within days of the 2013 and 2014 vintages. Our estate crop set on target with expected levels for all varieties. Moderate summer weather persisted, presenting very few heat spikes and delivering only one notable record-breaking day in June. Cool, wet weather arrived early in September, pushing ripening and delaying the harvest window. The conditions in late September and October returned to sunny days and brisk nights, allowing us to pick based on ripe fruit flavors and near-perfect natural acidity.