2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir


Lundeen Pinot Noirs endeavor to reflect the beautiful places where the grapes come from. The Dundee Hills AVA, with its famed volcanic Jory soils, are an iconic source for Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Lundeen is fortunate to work with several excellent vineyards in the Dundee Hills and have crafted this bottle to showcase what typifies that AVA. Bright red fruits with hints of herbs introduce the wine as does a sweet entry to the palate. The full and lightweight mid-palate with full fruit is classic from the red Dundee Hills as is the long elegant finish and modest alcohol level. In the winery, Pinot Noir grapes are handled very gently and typically put into fermenter still cold from early morning picking. Fermentations were initiated quickly, but kept cool to accentuate the floral and fruit elements. The oak profile is modest to achieve the same goal.

Vintage Overview

2013 was a challenging year in the Willamette Valley that has delivered delicious wines, but they were hard won in the winery. The summer was typically warm and dry which was set to promise clean ripe fruit come harvest. Just as August was ending the remnants of a storm that began in the Philippines hit the west coast and brought surprising amounts of rain just as harvest was on the verge of beginning. This caught many by surprise but for the highest quality sites, the heat of the summer translated into sufficient ripeness at historically modest sugar levels. Consequently, harvest began quite early and many delicious wines were made at very reasonable alcohol levels.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Folie Hills & Winter’s Hill Vineyards, Dundee Hills AVA Varietal content: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.1%
P.H.: 3.54
Cases Produced: 150
Fermentation: Relatively short and warm fermentation to preserve freshness and fruit. Daily punch downs. Cooperage: A mix of once-filled and neutral French oak barrels. 15 months in barrel.
Bottling Date: 3/12/15
Release Date: 4/1/16

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