Anne Amie Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir 2022, Willamette Valley, Oregon

100% Pinot Noir from Anne Amie Estate (35.1%) and Twelve Oaks Estate (64.9%). Aged 10 months in French oak, 17.3% new. Aroma: blueberry, strawberry, tar, sassafras, cardamom, pemmican, black currant, fig. Flavor: gamey sweet dark cherries, baking spice, graham, fig, cassis. Finish: long with rich, smooth tannins and acidity. Grapes were hand-picked and brought directly to the winery in 1/2 ton totes in perfect condition. They were hand sorted on a shaker table then destemmed into 2-ton open top, stainless steel fermenters. The must was cold-soaked for 7-10 days, which was followed by fermentation that was completed in about a week. This is followed by an extended maceration, where the wine is evaluated daily for softening of tannins and roundness of palate. The wine was on the skins for a total of 21-28 days. After draining the fermenters by gravity, the free-run and light pressings were combined and settled for 48 hours. The wine was then racked by gravity into a mixture of new and used French oak barrels. The wine was aged on lees in French oak barrels for 10 months and then blended and bottled. Once bottled this wine was aged for 6 months before release.