- Vintage: 2012
- Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
- AVAs: Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Chehalem Mountains
- Alcohol: 13.1%
- Cases: 1,652
- Harvest Dates: 9/2012 – 10/2012
- Bottling Date: 8/9/2013
2012 LA PAULÉE
La Paulée: A Burgundian celebration commemorating the end of grape harvest.
2012 LA PAULÉE
The 2012 La Paulée is a selection of the best lots of the year, from four of our different vineyard sites.
Three different AVAs are represented, starting with the Dundee Hills. Fruit from our biodynamically-farmed acreage at Maresh Vineyard leads the way, with bright red cherry, wild strawberry and the spice notes typical of the terroir. From our acreage at Nysa Vineyard we get lovely hints of raspberries and violets and a silky texture. Then from Ribbon Ridge Vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA we see more earthiness, and a darker fruit spectrum, with rich black cherry flavors predominating, giving the wine more weight on the mid-palate. The harvest from our biodynamically-farmed estate Azana Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, offers bright, intense red fruits and a very distinct minerality.
As always, all fermentations were conducted with wild yeasts. Aged in French oak for 10 months in a mix of once-used and neutral barrels. Bottled un-fined and un-filtered at 13.1% alcohol on August 9th, 2013.
[...]Exotic, spice-laced red berry and floral pastille aromas pick up a smoky quality with air... Gains in sweetness with air, picking up a bitter cherry note that carries through the long, gently tannic finish."
Over the past nine vintages, this cuvée has a proven track record for quality, with an average score of 91. Admire its pretty scents of rosewater, raspberries and cherries, its forward fruit and delicate frame."
Swirling with juicy, succulent red berries on the nose. Round and rich on the palate with pronounced flavors of blackberries and cherries finishing with enticing spice.