Brimming with fresh blackberry and plum aromas, this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir gains earth and herb nuances with time. Ripe red plums and red cherries dominate the smooth palate, accented by a dash of herbs.
Due to a warm spring and early bud break, along with moderate summer temperatures, Willamette Valley saw the earliest vintage ever for Pinot Noir. The fruit was of high quality and was harvested at the optimal ripeness and balance. Gentle handling at the winery retained freshness and preserved the texture sought after in Pinot Noir. The juice was fermented on the skins for 15-20 days at 80-90F, then gently pressed to stainless steel for settling. The wine was then aged in a mixture of oak and stainless steel for seven months before being racked clean prior to blending and bottling.
Versatile and food-friendly, this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir pairs well with a vegetarian risotto with stewed tomatoes and Taleggio cheese, roasted pork with a cranberry glaze, or grilled salmon with a brown sugar crust.
"The 2016 Cedar + Salmon shows excellent purity and depth of fruit. This wine is exhibits superb balance and style. Its bright red and black fruits are nicely interlaced with nuances of creamy oak. Its lively and bright palate should pair it well with pan-fried salmon." – Wilfred Wong of Wine.com, 91pts.
100% Pinot Noir