2017 Jerome Reserve Pinot noir
Pinot noir - 93 pts.
Jerome Reserve Pinot noir is a collection of the best 15 barrels of the vintage. The 2017 Jerome is a blend of fruit from vineyards in all three of the AVAs that we farm which adds even more depth to this reserve wine. It is a compilation of high elevation Dijon clones from Dundee Hills and Chehalem Mountains, which contribute red fruit and elegance and lower elevation Wadenswil and Pommard clones from Yamhill-Carlton, which contribute richness, spice and earth. The wine exudes red cherry and raspberry fruit along with milk chocolate, tealeaf, cinnamon and anise undertones. It shows amazing structure that leads into a long and juicy finish. This is definitely a bottle that will age well into the next decade.
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.