Country: USA Region: Oregon Vintage: 2013
Category: Red Wine Color: Red
"Firesteed farms just over 121 hectares of vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley and purchases the remainder of the grapes it requires from growers with whom it has long term contracts. Established in 1992, Firesteed's winery evolved from 'virtual' to 'physical' in 2002, when Howard Rossbach bought the Flynn winery, and more so in 2006 when the property now developed as Erratic Oaks was purchased. Today, it is one of the leading producers in Oregon. With a team led by winemaker Bryan Croft, all the estate's vineyards, as well as those of their contracted growers, are L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) certified, a programme that along with biodynamic and organic standards, falls under the umbrella of Oregon Certified Sustainable viticulture and enology.
The Firesteed wines are true to type, with forward and accessible character. By sourcing fruit from the cooler Willamette Valley sites and from the warmer climate of the Rogue Valley, the Oregon Pinot Gris blend combines delicate floral aromas with rich tropical fruit. The fresh acidity of the fruit from the north balances the ripe, full texture of the southern fruit. The grapes for the Pinot Noir are sourced from a number of regions in Oregon including the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue and Walla Walla Valleys. Our best-seller from Firesteed, this Pinot Noir is lively and expressive with red berries and crisp acidity. It offers very good value for an Oregon Pinot Noir."
Winemaker: Bryan Croft
The grapes were sourced from a number of regions in Oregon including the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue and Walla Walla Valleys.
The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts propagated from cellars in Burgundy, pressed during the last days of fermentation and racked as soon as the wine finished malolactic fermentation. A small amount of barrel-aged wine was included in the blend to round out the flavours and enhance complexity.
Lively and expressive, this wine's aromas of raspberry, cinnamon, blueberry and flavours of cocoa powder and Rainier cherry encourage a second sip before flowing into the soft, lingering finish.
Food Suggestion: Pairs perfectly with any seasonal game - try with venison or game birds in Autumn.
Closure: Twintop ABV:13% Acidity [g/l]: 5.9