Established in 1930, Route 99W is part of the Pacific Coast Highway which travels north/south through some of Willamette Valley’s most notable vineyards. On a drive down Route 99W, you will pass many of the vineyards that supplied perfectly ripe grapes for this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
Said to be a Goldilocks vintage in Oregon; not too hot, not too cold and not too much rain! 2014 was, however, the warmest season on record in the Willamette Valley. Interestingly this was not due to high maximum temperatures, but rather higher than normal minimum temperatures. A warm spring and a little rain gave us an early budbreak and the season maintained warm temperatures throughout. Nighttime temps were well above normal accelerating ripening despite large crop loads, and harvest began at the very beginning of September. The dry weather inhibited disease pressure allowing us to receive a bountiful, clean and quite ripe vintage. The white wines of 2014 showcase the warm season with an excess of fruit character ranging from tropical to floral.
barrels from various coopers