Our fourth vintage of Oppenlander Pinot Noir. The extremely cool location, just 8 miles from the town of Mendocino, and deeply rooted vines meant that this vineyard just shrugged off the effects of the Labor Day weekend heatwave. There was a short pause in the fruit development but the vines had chance to recover and continue normal fruit development with harvest occurring September 28th. We utilized 40% whole-cluster and this wine was aged with 20% new French oak. The yield was a slightly light 1.5 tons/acre and the blend of clones was the same as in 2016 – 2/3rds 115 and 1/3rd Pommard.
Like most of our 2017 wines, the Oppenlander Pinot has bright acids and a fruit forward profile. More red fruited than the very dense, darker 2016 version. There is a lot of early approachability and complexity - this wine is full of earthy, forest floor notes. Medium bodied and showing great balance this is our favorite Oppenlander to date. The acid and tannin structure suggest that aging for 3-5 years will be rewarded. Bottled unfined, unfiltered. 215 cases. 13.3% alc.