The 2014 vintage was a record warm year in the Willamette Valley. The key to balanced wines, particularly Pinot Noir, was in the canopy management and crop load, going against the typical strategy of low yields, it was essential to carry a slightly bigger crop to slow down the accumulation of sugar and depletion of acids. The 2014 Armstrong benefited from this, as well as extended barrel time for additional roundness in the significant tannins of the vintage. This barrel selection delivers richness at its foundation with an emphasis on Wadenswil, a star clone of the vineyard, with complementary elements of fleshy roundness from the Pommard block, and finishing with the elegant ethereal qualities of the 114 clone. 25% whole cluster fermentation elevates the wine further, providing another level of complexity, and earthy spicy notes.