Pinot Noir

Straight Shooter Pinot Noir 2019

Felipe Ramirez
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Pinot Noir
12 months in French oak barrels (10% new)
13.5% 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.
The 2019 vintage was a defining vintage. The temperatures during the growing season were much cooler than normal so patience was key. Careful sorting and extensive fruit-dropping in the vineyard was necessary to ensure that the remaining fruit ripened to full maturity. The grapes were hand sorted again once received into the winery to achieve optimal quality. With the cool conditions this year, the wines retain a wonderful acidity and great flavor development.
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.
89 pts

“A New World version with Old World appeal, showing wiry cherry, underbrush and spice flavors that take on tension toward wiry tannins.”  

Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (October 2021)
88 pts

"Like its companion Chardonnay, this is a wine that lives up to its name. Flavors shoot straight up the middle, with compact fruit highlights of pomegranate and red berries, framed with stiff, evenly ripened tannins. It’s a no-frills wine but solid in every way."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (May 2021)