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2014 Pinot Noir

2014 Pinot Noir
2014 Pinot Noir

Located on an extinct volcano at high elevation overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, Celilo gives us Pinot with a delicate perfume of raspberry and pie cherry, echoed by subtle notes of anise with silky tannins and a bright finish. 

Tasting notes

Truly mountain grown fruit, Celilo Vineyard produces wines of exceptional focus and clarity. Located on an extinct volcano at high elevation overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, Celilo gives us Pinot with a delicate perfume of raspberry and pie cherry, echoed by subtle notes of anise with silky tannins and a bright finish.

Production notes

The fruit was hand harvested and transported to the winery in the early morning. 80% of the fruit was de-stemmed, 20% kept whole cluster, and all gravity fed into fermenters. Inoculated fermentation was in open top fermenters with manual pigeage. Pressed at dryness and barreled in older French oak. Bottled in 11 months.

Vintage2014
VarietalPinot Noir
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Noir
AppellationColumbia Gorge
VineyardCelilo Vineyard (1972)
Alcohol12.50%
Volume750 ml

We became acquainted with Rick Ensminger, the vineyard manager for Celilo, in 1997. We were well aware of the reputation for both Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer produced from this vineyard and were pleasantly surprised to discover the two acre block of Pinot Noir planted in 1972. Since this discovery, we have given special attention to lower yields and canopy management on this block to create an exceptional Pinot Noir of great character and personality.

The vineyard sits directly on the crest of the Cascade Mountains on a bluff 1,100’ in elevation on Underwood Mountain, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. This is a unique environment where marine, desert, and alpine climates intersect to provide weather patterns perfect for distinctive Pinot Noir. Rows are oriented north-south and the vines are trained to a Scott-Henry trellis. Clusters are thinned to one per shoot with all shoulders cut off to maintain yields of less than 2 tons per acre. Soils are volcanic and are dry farmed.

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