2013 Pinot Noir Route 99W, Willamette Valley

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RS NV Pinot Noir Bottle 2013 later PP

RouteStock creates wines from classic grape varieties grown along well-known routes in the world’s most respected wine regions. Tried, trusted and true to their routes, these wines are handcrafted by our winemakers to be approachable and a reliable favorite.

Route 99W

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.

Vintage Report

The season started with a warm spring and early budbreak. From that point, the growing season remained warm and dry, indicating harvest would be early and uneventful. All went as planned until the last week in September, when the tail end of a Japanese typhoon dropped close to six inches of rain on the valley and completely saturated the vineyards. This is when it got interesting! Having seen many wet vintages in Oregon, Ponzi Vineyards had some ideas on how to handle it — using helicopters to dry the vines, multiple picking passes, extensive sorting before destemming and very careful winemaking among other methods. October saved the grapes with three long weeks of dry, breezy days allowing the fruit left on the vines to reach optimum flavor without any dilution from rain. In the end, the white wines, which were mostly picked before the rain, show the traits of a warmer vintage with lush fruit to balance the vibrant acidity.

Vinification

Barrel Aging: 6 months (68% in neutral barrels up to 4 years old, 20% in new French oak from various coopers, and 12% in 1-year-old barrels)

Tasting Notes

The nose shows aromas of clove, caramel, cocoa and sandalwood that mingle with the savory notes of thyme, lilac and paprika. The mouth is bright with fresh strawberry, raspberry, hints of vanilla and cherry cola. The mid-palate is soft while the finish is long and lively with juicy acidity. Luisa Ponzi, Winemaker

Technical Information

Production: 5,618 cases (12/750ml)
Alcohol: 13.13%
TA: 5.4g/L
pH: 3.67

2014 Pinot Noir Route 99W, Willamette Valley

pdfFact Sheet


RRS NV Pinot Noir Bottle 2013 later PPouteStock creates wines from classic grape varieties grown along well-known routes in the world’s most respected wine regions. Tried, trusted and true to their routes, these wines are handcrafted by our winemakers to be approachable and a reliable favorite.

Route 99W

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.

Vineyard Profile

Appellation: Willamette Valley

Vintage Report

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.

Vinification

Barrel Aging: 6 months in a combination of new, 1-year-old and neutral French oak
barrels from various coopers

Technical Information

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Production: 6,017 (12/750ml)
Alcohol: 13.6%

2014 Pinot Noir


91 points
Wine Spectator
"Fresh and inviting, open-textured and refined, with plum, currant and floral flavors that dance through a supple finish. Shows generosity and finesse."
Harvey Steiman, May 31, 2016

Gritics Gold, 90 points
winereviewonline.com

March 22, 2016

Silver Medal
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

January 8, 2016


2013 Pinot Noir


89 points
The Tasting Panel
"Crisp and ripe with tangy cherry fruit and ripe berry flavors; racy, juicy and bright with balance and a long, fresh finish."
Anthony Dias Blue, October 2014

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