Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014


Like 2012 Three Vineyard in size, but sleeker, this vintage is deeply coloured, seriously structured with perfect balance, light silk nap tannin and a firmness and richness of sweetness, glove leather and bing cherries; although a bit closed in its youth, this brilliant wine exhibits cherry Danish, brioche, baking cocoa, meatiness, dusty plum, pomegranate, pipe tobacco, smokiness, minerality and spices; portends well for later 2014 releases.

Fruit and the name come from our three Estate Vineyards: Ridgecrest, Stoller and Corral Creek, blended into a fully-complemented wine. The estate vineyards are planted on three different soil types, which provide complementary elements in resulting wines, especially Pinot noir: Ridgecrest on Willakenzie, Stoller on Jory, and Corral Creek on Laurelwood. The excellence and distinctiveness of single vineyards can be seen in vineyard designated labels for these vineyards. However, the wisdom of complementary blends, with their consistency and fullness of character is very often seen in Three Vineyard.

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