Oregon

Straight Shooter Pinot Noir 2020

Winemaker:
Felipe Ramirez
Region:
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietals:
Pinot Noir
Clones:
Pommard/114/115/777/Wadensvil/667
Maturation:
12 months in French oak barrels (10% new)
Analysis:
13.9% alc/vol
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.
Vintage
Yields for most varieties from Oregon, including Pinot Noir, were down in 2020. Wide temperature swings and wet conditions in May and June contributed to a light fruit set. A warm summer continued through September until wildfires hit the west coast. While fires were widespread, smoke characteristics in wines from the 2020 vintage are highly variable and site-specific. Even though the quantity of grapes harvested was lower, the quality of fruit that was picked has been outstanding. Smaller clusters and berries gave great color and concentrated flavors at desired sugar levels with good acidity.
Winemaking
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
Floral notes of dried rose petals and fresh picked red fruits play with touches of cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose. Generous flavors of red cherry and raspberry swirl with subtle notes of vanilla. This wine graces the entire palate with smoothly textured tannins and ends with a spiced, pleasant finish.