Our Willamette Valley Pinot Noir blend is intended to reflect two things: the vintage as well as the broad expression of the different Pinot Noir vineyards we work with in the sub-AVAs of the northern Willamette Valley. As always, the distinct vineyards we work with all contribute interesting and diverse elements from their various clones, soils, aspects, vine ages, elevations and microclimates. In 2014, the vintage was unusual in many respects: everything was early from bud break and fruit set all the way to harvest, largely fueled by a warmer winter and growing season. Most importantly, flavors came on early in the season, allowing for an early harvest without sacrificing complexity or concentration and without excess sugar or loss of essential acidity. All this resulted in wines that are generous, rich complex, fruit-driven and layered, all while maintaining the balance, vibrancy and finesse that we prize in our Pinot Noir.