David Hill Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2022, Tualatin Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Only in special vintages when the weather stays cool and fruit ripens late, we are able to harvest fully mature clusters with woody stems which ferment together with the berries, increasing complexity of the wine with floral, baking spice, and sandalwood aromas. Wine: Unfiltered. Aged in neutral French oak barrique for 15 months. Vineyard: Old vine, Laurelwood soil, dry farmed. Spiced cedar, black tea, and rose petal with a note of wild strawberry greet the nose in our 2022 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir. Brambly red fruit and black pepper join a savory umami quality. In the vineyard: In 2022, the vintage in Willamette and Tualatin Valley AVA’s started classically wet and cool, highlighted by a frightening cold spell and frost in April that reduced and damaged buds across the valley. David Hill experienced no damage, however, due to its location in the valley. Cooler than most areas, and behind in the growing stage, the vintage was protected. A cooler growing season overall and a dry late harvest season yielded high acid and full fruit, making for a fully ripe vintage. The conditions of this vintage have created wines that are balanced, with full fruit and bright acid.