2014 Lady Hills Pinot Noir

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Variety: Pinot Noir
Color: Light Garnet
Body: Medium
Aromas: Red Cherry
Flavor Profile: Tart Red Cherry, Black Pepper, Earthy/Minerality
Tannins: Low
Acidity: Medium
Alcohol: 14.4% ABV

This is a small production wine from the Eola-Amity Hills AVA in Oregon; only sixteen barrels were produced.  Eola Springs Vineyard is a 70-acre vineyard planted in 1972. The terroir from the sedimentary soils including volcanic and marine sediment in the upper terrace lend itself to the noticeable mineratlity in this wine. In addition, 2014 was a record year for degree days in Oregon, which extended the season 3-4 weeks ahead of average and had fewer seasonal rains that allowed for a later harvest.

This particular wine is lighter than most Pinot Noirs, with more tart red fruit on the front and slight dirty Earth and smokey tones on the long finish. It is very nice alone, but would pair very well with lamb, pork, and mushrooms.