2018 Rascal Pinot Noir
This fruit driven Pinot Noir shows beautiful dark cherry and on the nose. The medium body reveals flavors of juicy red fruit, earth, and spice against a backdrop of oak. On the palate the fruit flavors echo the nose with dark red cherry and ripe raspberry. The fruit flavors are bold up front, then take a secondary role to the earth, spice, and floral tones. The tannins are well integrated and a streak of acidity finishes clean.
This Pinot Noir was sourced from vineyards all over Oregon. Fruit from the Umpqua valley, the Willamette valley, the gorge and Eastern Oregon were all used in the blends. We use vineyards with different soil types and different clones, this helps make a consistent bottle of wine that shows vintage variety. Tank fermented using many different yeast strains to help create mouth feel. Oak staves (approximately 15% new oak) are added after fermentation and tanks are aged 6 months. At blending, tanks are racked o oak and blended, fined, filtered, and sterile bottled.