2019 Legacy Ruth Pinot Noir
Named after Bill Stoller’s mother, Ruth’s Pinot Noir is sourced from Section 11.1, the oldest planting of Pommard in our vineyard. This wine is expressing elegance and refinement, with delicate aromatics of violet and earth. The palate is bursting with ripe raspberries, showing textural nuance and a satin finish. Ruth’s Pinot Noir is built for longevity and will further evolve with cellaring.
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.