- 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast, Dec., 2014
Pinot Noir- Dundee Hills 2012
The grapes for the 2012 Willful Pinot Noir come exclusively from the estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills and is a blend of both Pommard and Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. The high iron content of its rich Jory soil lends itself to earthy, and rose petal floral aromas alongside red raspberry and cherry notes.
The warm growing season and the low yields (1.5 tons per acre) created an intense wine with a core of sweet, dense fruit on the attack. Fermentation with native yeasts and careful handling resulted in a lush, plummy mouth feel with a firm but supple texture.
The grapes for this wine come from a 7-acre vineyard in the Dundee Hills, planted to 12 different clones of Pinot Noir (though still 60% Pommard). The vineyard is farmed sustainablyadhering to the LIVE program requirements. The wine is fermented using native yeasts in small open-top fermentors, punched down by hand, and aged in French oak barrels, with a minimum of new oak to maintain focus on the elegant tannins and core fruit flavors.