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The Barrel Project is excited about our inaugural release, the 2013, “Legion of Pinot.”  The 2013 vintage in Oregon was very unique.  It started early and warm, and dry conditions continued through Labor Day weekend.  Soon after Labor Day, mother nature threw a curve ball at Oregon wine makers with the remnants of a Typhoon from the South Pacific that dumped as much as seven inches of rain in many areas.  In the end, the rain at harvest had little effect on the Willamette Valley except for a slight reduction in production due to sorting out of some of the fruit.  However, the end effect was a classic warm Oregon vintage that is a bit different from other warm vintages of 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012.

What you are going to find when you crack these bottles is an absolutely beautiful example of Oregon Pinot Noir.  It’s color is a bright raspberry red, and is fruit forward, yet has very balanced tannins and complexity.  Alcohol came in at 13.1% which is ideal.  The bouquet is absolutely astounding, and the flavor profile excellent.

If you have one of these bottles it is something really special.  It is a single barrel bottling of a Pinot which is not blended.  It is absolutely unique, and generally wine of any varietal is almost impossible to acquire in this way.  Our special relationship with our friends at Chehalem has made the 2013 release possible, and we thank them.

This Pinot is ready to be enjoyed now, or for years to come.  We hope you have as much fun drinking this wine as we did selecting it.

2013 Pinot Noir

Stollar Vineyard (100% Pinot Noir Clone 667)
Dundee Hills, Oregon

Overview:

2013 has given us multiple reasons to celebrate; leading the pack is this freshman release of “Legion of Pinot.”

Profile:

Classic Dundee Hills profile, with loads of cherry and spiced aromas, great length and texture, a real game-winner.

Pairings:

Beef and pigskin are a touchdown with this Pinot, but it can rally around salmon and creamy pastas equally well.

Harvest Date:

September 22, 2013

The Barrel:

Barrel # 12-046 – 100% Francois Freres Oak, One Filled (2012)