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2018 L'Autre Pinot Noir

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2018 L'Autre Pinot Noir
2018 L'Autre Pinot Noir
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2018 was a fine vintage for Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, with mid-September showers reviving vines stressed by a warm, arid summer, and thus laying the groundwork for excellent wines, like L’Autre. Temperance Hill Vineyard delivered bright, vibrant, yet rich and earthy, age worthy wine. One third whole cluster in the fermentation lends funky, mushroomy, five spice notes to its fresh crushed raspberry, rhubarb and wild strawberry flavors. We love Pinot Noir for its almost mystical Other Worldy goodies. This could be our best ever.

Food pairing: Roasted salmon with chanterelle butter or wild mushroom pot pie

Movie pairing: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

 

FOUNDERS’ NOTES:
In 2009 we were able to source some lovely pinot noir from Temperance Hill Vineyard in the Willamette Valley to make L'Autre. Mostly because we love pinot noir, especially from Burgundy, and this plays like that, producing elegant, nuanced, age worthy, earthy, haunting wines that make us happy. Severely limited each vintage. We called it L'Autre and outfitted it with a red label because it is truly an outlier from another state and another state of mind.

Vintage2018
VarietalPinot Noir
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Noir
AppellationWillamette Valley
VineyardTemperance Hill
Acid0.50 g/100 mL
PH3.69
AgingAged in 40% new French oak. The wine was neither racked nor fined.
Fermentation40% whole cluster fermentation. Maximum temp. 89°F.
Residual Sugar 0.01 g/100 mL
Alcohol13.00%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date12/18/2019
Cases Produced119
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginOregon
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