2021 Meyer Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills AVA
Single clone Dijon 115 grown at high elevations within the Dundee Hills in shallow Nekia volcanic soils with some deeper Jory.
Deep, dark ruby color with bold notes of ripe cherries, currants, red licorice, and dried herbs. The palate is very consistent with the nose, with cherry juice, red currant jam and a hint of tobacco alongside caramel apple and baking spices. The finish is warm and supple with sweet red fruit and spice on the finish. This is one for the cellar!
About Meyer Vineyard
We have been participating in a grape swap with Lemelson Vineyards for many years now using fruit from a 2001 planting of Pinot Noir planted between 550 and 800 feet. This beautiful vineyard is tucked up high into the famed Dundee Hills AVA and offers a classic example of Pinot Noir growing on volcanic Jory and Nekia soils. The site is farmed using organic methods to encourage healthy, living soils while taking extra care to minimize water usage and respect wildlife habitat.
The 2021 Vintage
The 2021 vintage was an exceptional year. The timing of weather events was key to our success in 2021. We experienced a bit of rainfall during bloom which helped to lower yields by producing some hens and chicks (variable-sized berries). Then a historic heat event happened during late June which brought worrisome temperatures at a time that luckily did not result in any damage to our grape crop. Growth resumed normally once temperatures cooled with average heat from July through September bringing even ripening to the plentiful small, loose clusters. For Pinot Noirs, expect intense color and flavors bursting out of the glass, while white wines and rosés are fruit-forward with great acidity and balance.