2015 Winemaker's Reserve Pinot Noir
How we make our Winemakers Reserve Pinot Noir
Pike Road Pinot Noir is hand-picked and hand-sorted before being fermented in small open-top stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels. During the aging process, the rock star barrels are set aside for inclusion in the Reserve line. Pike Road sources the best grapes and uses a gentle approach to preserve the inherently delicate qualities of the fruit.
The Winemakers Reserve is made from 100% Yamhill-Carlton AVA fruit. Primarily sourced from our estate vineyard sites, Pike Road also includes smaller lots of Pinot Noir fruit grown by trusted partners. The integration of fruit from multiple sites and Pinot Noir clones aids in producing wines with depth and complexity.
The 2015 Vintage
2015 was another warm year for Oregon's Willamette Valley. The growing season started early with fine weather during bloom leading to larger than average fruit set. In spite of generous thinning, sunny summertime weather meant plentiful crops that were ready early. To avoid overripe fruit, harvest was compressed into a busy three-week period. Thankfully, cool nighttime temperatures ensured that we did not lose the classic freshness that is the hallmark of great Willamette Valley wine.