J. Christopher 2013 'Dundee Hills Cuvée' Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills
Item Number: 9440
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Dundee Hills
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.8
Soil Type: Jory clay
Case Production: 943
This cuvée is a blend of selected barrels from several excellent vineyard sites in the red Jory clay of the Dundee Hills AVA. It shows the depth and power that are typical of this area, with classic savory and sanguine notes and a seamless acid structure.
Pinot Noir Clones: Pommard, 115, Wadenswil, 667, 114, Coury
Vine Age: 9 to 30 years old
Vineyard Management: Sustainable; dry farmed
Winemaking Notes: Grapes were 100% destemmed. Fermentation occurred with native yeasts in 2.5-ton fermenters. Malolactic fermentation happened naturally. Wine matured for 20 months in barrique, 25% new.
About Dundee Hills AVA: Geologically, the Dundee Hills consists of a single, continuous landmass that rises above the surrounding Willamette Valley floor. It is part of a hill chain that developed as a result of volcanic activity and the collision of the Pacific and North American plates. Located about 28 miles southwest of Portland and 40 miles inland from the Oregon coast, this growing area is protected from severe weather by the coast range.
90pts (2014 Vintage) Vinous 12/15/2016
"Light bright red. Fresh red berries, candied rose and a subtle touch of orange pith on the incisive nose. Brisk and racy on entry and then more fleshy in the middle, offering gently sweet raspberry and spicecake flavors and a touch of cola. Shows very good clarity and spicy lift on a long, focused finish that's given shape by fine-grained tannins. This is a decidedly elegant rendition of 2014 and pretty tasty right now."