On the nose the wine delivers explosive red and dark liqueur scents with a hint of licorice and warm spice. Plum flavors attack the palate and hold court on the front palate as tobacco and earthy flavors occupy the mid palate. Combined they leave with a long and memorable finish of fine tannins with a soft and supple ending.
The 2016 Legacy is an amalgamation of fruit from 3 beautiful vineyards; the Lia’s Vineyard located in Chehalem Mountains AVA provided the clone 115, 777 and 828, the Timbale and Thyme Vineyard for the Pommard clone, and Bayliss-Bower Vineyard for the Wadenswil clone, both hailing form the Yamhill Carlton AVA. We let the fruit hang until the end of September allowing for more phenolic development giving us more flexibility for whole cluster fermentation.
Spicy herb-rubbed pork grilled with hickory wood chips accompanied with cheesy polenta would highlight the weight and depth of this beautiful wine. Grilled Fennel with herbs and parmesan cheese would pair nicely as a vegetarian option. Roast lamb shank with rosemary and heavy garlic accompanied by whipped cauliflower is a beautiful pairing for this 2016 Legacy Pinot noir.
The 2016 Vintage
The 2016 growing season continued to push the envelope for defining the new normal in Oregon as one of the earliest on record. An unusually warm spring gave way to moderate summer conditions, which provided even growing conditions through véraison. Though it was an intense growing season due to the early start, the fruit produced throughout the state resulted in wonderful concentration and complexity with characteristic natural acidity.
- PRODUCTION: 220 cases (12 x 750ml)
- BRIX AT HARVEST: 24.2
- CHEMISTRY: pH 3.54, TA 6.6 g./l., Alc. 13.2%
- HARVEST DATE: September 20, 2016