Zena Crown Pinot Noir 2019
Hamilton Russell Oregon aims to express this stylistic philosophy with the very best Willamette Valley fruit - showcasing the restrained, structured classicism of great European Pinot Noir and the bright purity of Oregon fruit.
The celebrated Zena Crown vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills delivers a dark spice and tensile, fine-grained tannin structure to balance the complex lifted fruit, which the best Oregon Pinot Noir is known for.
Vineyard: Zena Crown
The vineyard is SE facing at an altitude of 140 m. Clone PN115. Zena Crown Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills is particularly cool climate. The cold wind from the Pacific Ocean blows through the Van Duzer corridor, directly into the Eola-Amity Hills.
Old marine sedimentary soils with volcanic inclusions and a relatively high clay content.
Hand-picked early in the morning and transported to the cellar in half ton crates. The fruit arrived at 11 degrees Celsius and was processed immediately. A great Oregon Vintage.
The grapes are destemmed but not crushed. 15% Whole cluster. Fermented in 3 ton open fermenters. Cold soak for 48 hours before fermentation. About 11 days in total on the skins before pressing. MLF in barrel.
13 months in tight grained French oak, 1st fill 23%, 2nd fill 30% and 3rd fill 47%, 57% Blonde Toast and 43% Medium Toast. French Coopers: Francois Freres 100%.