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Whole Cluster Pinot Noir

2014 Vintage
This highly limited offering was bottled unfined and unfiltered, aged for ten months in three-year air-dried French oak barrels and cellared for an additional fourteen months in bottle before release. It is distinguished by a fermentation of intact clusters that include whole berries as well as their stems. The technique imparts the wine with certain distinct characteristics. 96 cases were produced. It is comprised of four clones from four Pelos Sandberg Vineyard blocks: “Yiayia” planted to Pommard, “Abino Hill” planted to Wädenswil, “Tonka” planted to Dijon 777, and “Oscar” planted to Dijon 667.
Nuanced and graceful on the nose, the ’14 iOTA Whole Cluster Pinot Noir reveals aromas of baked cherry, white pepper, ginger and faded rose petal. Its bright and jazzy midpalate gives way to rustic notes of tobacco and smoke, finishing with a velvety, supple texture.

The Prince of Pinot

Pinotfile: VOL 11, ISSUE 5

Sips of Recently Tasted Willamette Valley Wines

June 25, 2017

by William “Rusty” Gaffney

Score: 92

Four barrels of 100% whole cluster Pinot Noir. 25% each of Pommard, Wädenswil, 777 and 667 clones. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. Bottled unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Exotically perfumed with aromas of dark berries, spice, sweet smoke and oil can. More intensely flavored with a more profound attack than the flagship bottling, offering flavors of purple and black berries, spice, mushroom, smoke and earth. Velveteen in texture, with snappy acidity and a very long, sweet cherry finish. Much more rounded and inviting when tasted two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle.