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 five of the sub- AVAs of the Willamette Valley. As always, the distinct vineyards we work with contribute interesting elements from the diverse clones, soils, aspects and elevations at each of the sites. In 2013, the vintage was among the more dramatic of those we’ve worked with. Following a warmer than typical summer, leading to the potential for higher alcohol and unbalanced wines, a major rain event arrived just before harvest. With most all our fruit far from ready, we hung through the rain and after waiting up to two weeks after the rain to harvest, the resulting wines captured the best qualities of a cooler vintage: lower alcohol, complexity and elegance, while retaining the imprint of the warm summer with depth, a round rich core and layers of red and black fruit.