2017 Briscoe Vineyard
As our highest elevation vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Briscoe produces expressive Pinot noir with racy, natural acidity – factors that make it well suited for whole cluster inclusion. At its core, the wine is bright and fruity with notes of raspberry tart, red cherry and blackberry. By adding a good proportion of whole clusters we gain an extra dimension of flavor through the stems, which contribute aromas of earth, tealeaf and cinnamon as well as textural structure. Although the wine is showing great upon release, we recommend waiting for this wine to mature a little longer in bottle (1-5 years) before opening to more fully enjoy its complexities.
After three consecutive, record warm vintages from 2014 through 2016, the 2017 harvest brought the northern Willamette Valley back to more “normal” growing season conditions. Spring was cold and very wet leading to abundant growth and a healthy fruit set. By summer, conditions were warm and dry. Smoke from the Columbia Gorge fire in August actually protected the fruit from sunburn during the hottest days by providing a filter from the sun’s UV rays. As harvest approached, temperatures dropped which opened up a long, beautiful picking window without pressure from rain or heat. As a result, the 2017 wines are gorgeous and show great balance and natural acidity when compared to the previous years.