Our Heather’s Vineyard wines represent the most elegant expression of our vineyard, with the lightest touch of oak. We have set aside ten rows for Heather’s potential in a single block of Pinot Dijon clone 114 and crop to a maximum of 1.5 tons/acre.
Once again we blended from a few select barrels, choosing neutral oak to show the wine’s true appeal. This Pinot shares the vineyard’s characteristic profile of ripe plum, black raspberry and an interesting minerality with the Nicholas Estate and Reserve Pinot Noirs, but with an added translucency which will appeal to the Pinot purist.
Traditionally, the 114 is the last Pinot picked because of the coolness of the site. Recently, a neighbor logged several very tall pine trees which had sheltered this corner of the vineyard. This fortuitously opened a wind channel which keeps the fruit fresh and dry as we approach Harvest.
92 points Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by dried rose, spicecake and white pepper. Juicy and fruit-driven, with mouthcoating flavors of sweet red fruits and candied flowers. Quite suave and seamless, with striking purity to its red fruit-driven finish. Very appealing right now..
90 points: Wine Advocate
Aromas of smoke, underbrush, spice box, incense, and assorted red fruits lead to a relatively forward, velvety-textured, tasty offering with good balance and an elegant personality.
STELLAR SELECTION: Northwest Palate
Pretty pastel rose color. Wonderfully spicy scents of vanilla-wrapped cherry fruit are pleasingly assertive, with gentle tinges of chocolate and mint. In the mouth, pure Pinot fruit flavors are clear and composed: cherry and raspberry tastes with a light herbal fringe and distinct minerality. Well-balanced acidity adds verve, while fine-grained tannins give unobtrusive structure. The finish is powerful, with cherry echoes reverberating into the distance. Clean, fruity and forceful.
Barrels: No new oak, 61% once-filled, 39% twice-filled. 11 months
Clones: 100% Dijon 114