LCBO Vintages Release
A Pinot Noir made with fruit from Oregon’s Umpqua and Willamette Valleys. The landscape here, on the western edge of the state, was shaped by the collision of three mountain ranges: The Klamath, the Cascade, and the Coastal. The soil is fertile and rich due to recurring ice-age floods that swept topsoil from Montana down the Columbia River gorge. Layers of sediment were deposited as the waters subsided, and the resulting network of hills and valleys contains some 150 different soil types.
The 2015 vintage in Oregon started off with a mild winter that caused bud break to occur very early. The early warm temperatures continued through spring, with vines flowering through late May to early June. Summer was warm and dry. Weather cooled in September, allowing flavour components to catch up with escalating sugar. The harvest was a beauty: Bountiful fruit, extremely high quality, intensely concentrated wines with great energy.
Underwood’s Pinot Noir is fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged for eight months, 10% in new French oak. The wine is generous and bright, with raspberry, black plum, and violet on the palate and an underlying earthy, savoury bass note.