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2014 King Estate Nicholas Pinot Noir KE

Located on southward facing slopes in the Eastern Chehalem Mountains AVA, Nicholas Vineyard is planted on 33 acres between 350 and 650 feet in elevation. Uncommon for the area, its soils are primarily Laurelwood, consisting of windblown loess over a well-drained, volcanic foundation. Praised for their reliable high quality fruit, Nicholas Vineyard consistently displays notes of ripe plum and dark cherry with lush, lingering tannins.
$89.00 per Bottle

Tasting Notes

On the eyes, this has a striking ruby red color with crimson hues. The nose is full with sweet cherry, rhubarb pie, cigar box and mint aromas. This is bright and silky with racy acidity, swirling with flavors of tart cherry pie, raspberry, tobacco leaf and sweet French oak.

Vineyard Notes

Following on the heels of a cold winter, early spring was very wet with double our typical precipitation in March. Rapidly warming temperatures in April led to buds breaking almost a week early – these favorable conditions continued, leading to very strong fruit set after a mid-June bloom. The abundance of fruit allowed for meticulous hand thinning; only the fruit meeting stringent quality parameters was allowed to ripen. Excellent weather continued throughout the summer, leading to a warmer than average vintage and resulted in excellent ripening conditions. Moving into late summer/early fall the grape clusters were in outstanding condition which combined with an unusually dry conditions allowed for extended hang time and enhanced flavor development. The extended harvest period enabled each vineyard to be harvested at peak ripeness resulting in a crop of superb quality.

Production Notes

The 2014 Nicholas Pinot Noir was cold soaked, punched down, pumped over, and fermented in a stainless steel open top tank. The wine benefited from 12 months aging in 30% new French oak barrels.

Vintage 2014
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Willamette Valley
Size 750 ml