In spite of the color, the wine surprises with its weighty texture on the palate right from the beginning. Bright and lovely to start, with beautiful acid, the 2013 is revealed in red fruit, unveiling cherry and strawberry flavors accented by underlying chocolate and mocha accents. Bottle aging has provided the necessary weight to this true-to-vintage 2013, bringing opulence and depth. Velvety tannins round the finish of this beautifully crafted wine.
The 2013 Legacy Pinot noir was sourced from the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Using a mix of Dijon clones 114, 667, 828 and 777, the wine is a reflection of the meticulously farmed vineyard from which it comes. A unique site, it was planted in two phases with the lower acreage planted in 1996 and 2000. The Northern block was planted in 2006, under the guidance of Gary Andrus, as a high density vineyard similar to the vine spacing at the original Gypsy Dancer Estates with 3,000 vines per acre and meter by meter spacing. The high density planting allows for green harvesting during veraison, reducing crop loads to one cluster per shoot. Although costly to farm and manage,
The 2013 Vintage
The 2013 growing season was a tale in two acts. Early bud break and warm weather during the summer months, looked to most to be fantastic vintage by most accounts. A massive rainstorm in late September accompanied by very cool weather took most by surprise. Record rainfall in the last week of September was followed by an Indian summer well into mid-October. Crop levels were high but mildew and diluted juice were evident for many in the 2013 vintage.
- PRODUCTION: 174 cases (12 x 750ml)
- BRIX AT HARVEST: 23.4
- CHEMISTRY: pH 3.55, TA 6.8 g./l., Alc. 12.5%
- HARVEST DATE: September 28, 2013