2009 “Klee” Pinot Noir

United States – Pinot Noir – Oregon

“Dark garnet color. Dark toasty oak and spicy red licorice in the nose, with dark raspberry and cherry scents. Flavors are of red raspberry, red cherry, and red licorice, with white pepper and more lavender in the finish. Finishes with touches of white pepper and incense.”

The Klee Pinot 2009 is a blend of the five family owned vineyards I work with in the Northern Willamette Valley. The wine is 100% indigenous with native yeast and fermented with 100% neutral oak.  Most of the soils in this wine are silty loam with various percentages of sandy loam underlying.  The wine spent 10 months in oak before bottling.  It is meant to be a little forward drinking.  The growing season was nearly perfect.  Low yields, most vineyards reporting between 10%-35% below average yields.  Small clusters, meaning more skin to juice ratio. At the time of harvest, we had cool nights that helped to maintain a nice acidity level.  Harvest started September 21st and ended Oct 29th with plenty of sunshine and just a little light rain. Ph is around 3.65 and TA 6.0.