2009 "Gestalt Block" Pinot Noir
The Gestalt Block Pinot Noir comes from the west-facing and most exposed blocks in the vineyard, resulting in a wine that will always be transparent to its vintage and the unique site where these vines are planted. The 2009 vintage in the Willamette Valley was a warm vintage resulting in a beautifully complex and balanced wine of rich, ripe flavors dominated by 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 clonal selections 115, 667 and 777 on 101-14 and 4453 rootstocks. These southwestern facing blocks stare down the arriving storms from the Pacific as they travel through the Van Duzer corridor. The fruit for the 2009 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.