2018 Amity Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir
Black Plum, Dark Chocolate, & Cedar
AMITY ESTATE VINEYARD
With grapes harvested exclusively from Amity Vineyard, this particular vintage of our Estate Pinot Noir is one for the history books. The high elevation combined with the cooling marine winds funneling through the Coast Range slows the ripening process, creating wines with concentration, bright acidity, and focus.
Amity Vineyards sits atop the Eola-Amity Hills in the Willamette Valley, the heart of Oregon Wine Country. The first vines were planted in 1971, and as a consequence, our Pinot Noir is produced from some of the oldest vines in the state.
A wet cool April made for a late bloom but with warmth in the summer, veraison caught up quickly and was about on average. Similar to 2016, it was warmer than average, but temperatures stayed in the low to mid-90s with few heat spikes. Although we experienced warm days, we also had cool nights allowing the vines to rest and retain acidity and complexity. Low rainfall during late September and into October allowed for a generous picking window giving us the ability to pick grapes when we wanted to, resulting in fruit composition with sugar levels, acidity, and pH all in balance.
Vineyard Sources: 100% Amity Vineyard
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Residual Sugar: Dry
Cellar Treatment: 100% Neutral French Oak 10 Months