Straight Shooter 2017

Felipe Ramirez
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Pinot Noir
12 months in French oak barrels (10% new)
13.5% alc/vol | TA: 5.0 g/L | pH: 3.69
Lots of lots. Barrel lots, that is.
Final blending trial snapshot.
AVAs & Vineyards
The fruit for Straight Shooter was hand-harvested from selected vineyards planted in sedimentary and volcanic soils in Willamette Valley’s sub-AVAs, Eola-Amity Hills and McMinnville.
A wet, cool spring delayed flowering until late June, setting the stage for a later harvest than the previous three years. Hot, dry conditions prevailed through the summer. The fruit set was generally higher than average. Grape bunches were thinned to promote flavor intensity. A few days of rain in September refreshed the soils, slowed ripening and thickened skins, adding further complexity to the fruit. Mild, dry weather in October allowed the grapes to be picked at optimum ripeness and acidity.
The fruit was 80% destemmed and underwent an indigenous ferment in stainless steel open top tanks. The grapes were “infused” as whole berries and 20% as whole clusters at a moderate temperature, in an oxygen rich environment until pressed. The wine then matured in French oak barrels for 12 months, 10% of which were new.
Tasting Notes
Hand-picked, unadulterated Pinot Noir from pristine vineyard blocks across Willamette Valley. The whole cluster component accentuates the intense aromatics of dark cherry and blue fruits alongside subtle earth and elegant floral notes. The palate mirrors the nose and is full of freshness with a touch of oak for texture and balance. Vibrant acidity and soft tannins support the flavors through a long, satisfying finish.