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2014 Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir

Available:  In Stock $45.00
Size: 750 ml
This is our 18th consecutive bottling of vineyard designated wine from Mike and Robin Murto's outstanding old vines (planted in 1978) high in the Dundee Hills.  Although this mature vineyard tends to deliver the goods every year, the high elevation makes it a fairly cool site, and in warm vintages like 2014 creates something very special indeed!

The 2014 growing season started in mid-April, and accelerated with temperatures hitting the 90s during the first week of May.  Bloom occurred in early-to-mid June, two weeks ahead of normal, setting us up for an early harvest.  The summer was characterized by warm days and very warm nights; lows were only in the mid 60s rather than the high 50s that we generally experience with our maritime climate. 

Harvest at Murto commenced on the 23rd of September and concluded on October 3rd, the earliest start and finish ever!  The grapes were vinified with a small fraction of whole cluster that helped us extend macerations to 18-21 days, and then aged in barrel (30% new French oak) for 18 months.  The wine was gravity bottled on May 11th, 2016.

Fans of riper style Pinots will find a lot to love in this wine.  Compact aromas of raspberry and baking spice require a little bit of coaxing, but with air become quite expressive.  There is a density on the palate reflective of the vintage, but also a freshness.  It is both backward and forward at the same time, displaying a compelling complexity that bodes well for the cellar.  Standing in stark contrast to the leaner, racier 2013, it celebrates the diversity of vintage that we are blessed (and sometimes cursed!) with here in the Willamette Valley. 

Enjoy some of this hedonistic young wine now, but put some away to watch it gain sophistication with age.

573 cases produced

Varietal: Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2014

Wine Type: Red

Appellation: Dundee Hills


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