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Region:   Willamette Valley AVA, Oregon

Color:   Garnet with Ruby glints

Aroma:   Black plum, violets and lavender

Tasting Notes:   The palateis warm and expansive, with flavors of sarsaparilla and sweet earth punctuating plush, velveteen tannins.  The wine finishes lavish and supple with lingering hints of muscovado sugar and blackberry conserve.

Food Pairings:   Veal chops with brussel sprouts, baked ham, meatloaf and tarragon chicken.

Grape Variety:   100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol Level:   13.1%

Vinification:   The fruit is 100% destemmed with a high percentage of whole berries to mainly 1.5 ton fermenters. Cold soak lengths of an average of six days ensure gentle yet thorough extraction of color and flavor.

Notes/Facts:   2012 was an outstanding vintage, marked by a long and mild growing season. A warm spring allowed bud break to happen on time, and the few rain showers during bloom served to reduce yields.  A beautiful summer with warm weather and very little rain, conditions which continued into the early fall. A period of cool, dry weather in early October allowed the grapes additional hang time, and harvest began in earnest in mid-October.

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