2008 "Gestalt Block" Pinot Noir
The Gestalt Block Pinot Noir comes from the most exposed blocks in the vineyard, resulting in a blend that will always be representative of the vintage and the unique site where these vines are planted. The 2008 vintage in the Willamette Valley was a cool, mild Oregon vintage resulting in a beautifully complex and balanced wine of bright, fruit flavors of black cherry and red plum, along with spicy notes of sweet cinnamon and cardamom, and just a hint of savory tobacco.
The Pinot Noir for the Gestalt Block consists predominantly of clones 115, 667 and 777 on 101-14 and 4453 rootstocks, from mostly southwestern facing blocks that stare down the arriving storms from the Pacific as they travel through the Van Duzer corridor. The fruit for the 2008 vintage was picked in late October and allowed to cold soak for five days before fermentation began. After fermentation, the wine was aged in French Oak barrels, approximately 35% new. The wine went through malo-lactic fermentation in barrel and was aged for 9 months prior to bottling in August 2009.