Montinore Estate Red Cap Pinot Noir 2017, Willamette Valley, Oregon

2017 vintage – “This is a carefully constructed blend of wines produced from different geographical areas and soils from within the Willamette Valley appellation. Predominantly Laurel wood soils, this wine also includes grapes grown in volcanic and marine sedimentary soils. We utilized French and Hungarian oak storage vessels for maturation and development. Nearly half of the blend was completed in puncheons while the remainder was aged in barriques. This has allowed for a nice oak structure, while not overpowering the fresh fruit overtones. The end result is a bright and attractive, vivacious wine that is destined to please.” Appealing wafts of black cherry, ripe loganberry, red currant and baking spice offer a distinctive Willamette Valley introduction to the 2016 Red Cap Pinot Noir. The sweet entry leads to a plush mouthful of marionberry, pie cherry, juicy pomegranate and cocoa. A whisper of vanilla and a hint of tastiness complete the soft and silky palate.