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2018 La Linea Pinot Noir

2018 La Linea Pinot Noir

For the 2018 vintage of La Linea, we blended equal parts Pommard and Dijon 115 from our old-vine estate blocks in Dundee. Usually a more “feminine” style paired against L’Altra, this terroir-driven wine is showing us a more bold, robust character this year.

With aromas of violet and black cherry alongside hints of coffee bean and cigar box, this iteration of La Linea embraces hints of a more “masculine” style while retaining its elegant nature. The wine has plenty of refreshing acid that will leave your mouth salivating, as well as generous, hearty tannins which will tame with time in the bottle.

The wine was aged for 10 months in one-year and two-year-old French oak barrels and bottled in August 2019.

Clones: 50% Pommard, 50% Dijon 115

13.1% ALC, 239 cases produced

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SKU: 18-LINEA-PN

2018 Vintage Review

Rain and cooler temperatures in spring of 2018 led to a delayed start to the growing season. Budbreak did not occur until mid-April, but thanks to warmer temperatures in late spring, the vines caught up and flowering happened in early June. As a whole, summer was warmer and drier than average, but with no huge heat spikes (i.e. above 100° F) which would have caused the vines to shut down. Veraison (when the Pinot berries turn from green to red) started on August 4th and led to a healthy and steady ripening of the clusters. Harvest was sunny and dry, and we even saw some cooler nights, which helped to retain the natural acidity and slow the accumulation of sugars in the fruit. Altogether, 2018 has the potential to be one of the best quality harvests in the Willamette Valley.  ~Winemaker Dominique Mahé

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Dundee Hills
Alcohol %
13.1
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