2017 L'Altra Pinot Noir
The 2017 L’Altra is a beautiful representation of what our estate Furioso vineyard is all about: displaying classic Dundee Hills characteristics of depth, balance, and grace. Picked at optimum sugar and acid levels, the grapes from these old Pinot Noir vines were 100% destemmed and naturally fermented in small 2-ton stainless steel tanks. A judicious combination of pump-overs and punch-downs proved successful in gently extracting the delicate tannins and complex aromas from the skins. Free-run and press fractions were kept separate and the wine was then aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% of which were new. After just over 3 years in bottle, the 2017 L’Altra Pinot Noir is drinking wonderfully. On the nose this wine has notes of blackberry, cherry, cinnamon, and forest floor. In the mouth, velvety tannins are complimented by bright acidity and an elegant finish.
94 pts - James Suckling