Montinore Estate Red Cap Pinot Noir 2018, Willamette Valley, Oregon

2018 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 with an impact of 15% new. It is a nice reflection of the perfect terroir in the Willamette Valley and the warm, dry growing season led to ripe fruit and concentration that balances perfectly with our trademark texture and acidity. The 2018 vintage of “Red Cap” has dense and plush aromas of black cherry, dried plum and cinnamon that swirl with savory notes of cooked black fruits, leather and lashings of earth. There’s an upfront richness on the palate that carries flavors of plum, blackberry and hints of red fruits, seasoned pleasingly with warm vanilla and cedar notes. The tannins are chewy and gratifying, with a hint of dried fig and spice lingering at the finish.