Maison L'Envoye Straight Shooter Pinot Noir 2018
Straight Shooter Pinot Noir 2018
WINEMAKER: Felipe Ramirez
REGION: Willamette Valley, Oregon
VARIETALS: Pinot Noir
MATURATION: 12 months in French oak barrels (10% new)
ANALYSIS: 13.5% alc/vol
AVAs & Vineyards The fruit for Straight Shooter was hand-harvested from selected vineyards planted in sedimentary and volcanic soils in Willamette Valley’s sub-AVAs, Eola-Amity Hills and McMinnville.
Spring was relatively cool and wet with bud break happening slightly later than the last few years. A warmer than average summer caught things up. Veraison was early and the hot weather continued, accelerated ripening until a cool change in September gave the grapes a needed respite. The cooler temperatures allowed the slow development of fl avors until harvest. Overall 2018 is looking to be a very sound vintage.
The fruit was 80% destemmed and underwent an indigenous ferment in stainless steel open top tanks. The grapes were “infused” as whole berries and 20% as whole clusters at a moderate temperature, in an oxygen rich environment until pressed. The wine then matured in French oak barrels for 12 months, 10% of which were new.
Hand-picked, unadulterated Pinot Noir from pristine vineyard blocks across Willamette Valley. The whole cluster component accentuates the intense aromatics of dark cherry and blue fruits alongside subtle earth and elegant floral notes. The palate mirrors the nose and is full of freshness with a touch of oak for texture and balance. Vibrant acidity and soft tannins support the flavors through a long, satisfying finish.
91 pts - "This modern pinot oozes spiced red cherries and delivers a fresh yet sturdy core of flavor with vibrant, sinewy tannin. Oak is also a feature." - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com (February 2020)
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