In 2017, after several warm and early years, we saw the pendulum swing back towards a classic Oregon vintage. Following a wet and cold winter, we saw the first signs of bud break in the third week of April, perfectly in line with our historical average. Our flowering window, in the second half of June, was warm and dry. While we had several extreme heat spikes and a few periods with wildfire smoke, the vintage took shape beautifully. The first fruit was picked on September 12, immediately followed by a drop to normal temperatures and a small rain event. The skies cleared, the fruit dried out, and we completed a gorgeous harvest in the second week of October.
“This opens with aromas of fresh apples and white talc, with
a quiet underpinning of white flowers. On the palate there’s a coiled sensibility to this wine, like it’s lying in wait to spring out at you. This is buffered by a cool, creamy lusciousness that carries into a long finish.”