2018 Lingua Franca 'Ryan's Plow' - 'The Plow' Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon USA

$64.99 USD

Winemaker Notes
The fruit for the 2018 The Plow comes from the best parts of Blocks 1 and 2, PN777 on Gelderman-Jory Complex, a type of shallow volcanic soil about 2-5 feet deep with a layer of large gravels that impart extra energy to the vines and create more complex and intense flavors. In 2018 this translated into a richly layered wine, dense wine, even though the fermentations were handled gently.

In this dense vintage the whole cluster fruit was kept to 20%. Fermentation took place with wild yeast in a combination of stainless steel and concrete tanks. The destemmed fruit is selected for whole berries by a special destemmer/sorter. No broken fruit goes into the cuvée. Cap management begins with gentle pump-overs, followed by traditional pigeage by foot, as needed. After fermentation, the wines age in 24% new and 76% neutral French oak barriques for 12 months followed by an additional 5 months in stainless steel tank to bring the cuvée together prior to bottling.

Press
Graceful in its complexity and elegantly expressive, offering lithe raspberry and cherry flavors that are laced with a hint of crushed stone and black tea that build tension toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2029. 650 cases made.
Rated 94 Points Wine Spectator