2019 Legacy Nancy's Pinot Noir
Named after Bill Stoller’s sister, this wine is made primarily from Pommard. Bold, exotic aromatics are lifted with notes of dark fruits and hints of orange blossom and star anise. The palate is rich and structured due to 35% whole cluster fermentation. Fresh flavors of brambly earth, marionberry, and sandalwood carry through a long finish.
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.
93 Points - James Suckling