Martin Woods Pinot Noir 2017, Jesse James Vineyard, Eola Amity Hills, Oregon

Martin Woods winery is hidden in the oak-forested foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range, within the cool-climate McMinnville AVA, just outside of the city of McMinnville, ground zero for the Willamette Valley wine community. They aim to produce wine with the classic qualities of elegance, lifted aromas, textural complexity, weight and tension…Highly pleasurable wines that complement cuisine and offer long-cellaring potential. The Eola-Amity Hills is situated to the immediate east of the Van Duzer Corridor, the “air-conditioning” pathway through the Coast Range where marine air enters from the west and cools the Willamette Valley. the high-density (2,400 vines/acre), four acre planting of vines at Jessie James is on the east-facing side of the EA Hills at high elevation-ripening here is very patient. Winemaking: Picked October 15, 2017 at 23.4 brix, 3.3 pH. Fermentation in Macrobins (open top 1.5 ton) with 30% whole clusters/whole berries. 17 days total on skins. combination of pumpovers and punchdowns. Peak temps, 78 F. Pressed to Barrel, no settling. Aged 18 months (on lees for 12) in (50%) Oregon oak and (50%) French oak (only 10% new wood, mostly 2-10 year old barrels). Racked carefully and bottled on April 24, 2019, Unfined & Unfiltered. Tasting notes: subtle spice and floral aromas—fresh, concentrated, vibrant red fruit – energetic, taught and forward driven – structured, will become very complex with extended aging.