Though Oregon is known for our inconsistent climate, 2010 was a particular nail-biting vintage. The year began with uncharacteristically balmy temperatures in January and February, but we were plunged into a very cold and wet spring, stalling vine development to a later-than-usual budbreak in early April. The gloomy weather persisted into the first part of the summer (in which the unaffectionate term "June-uary" was coined), delaying bloom until early July. Rain showers during flowering caused poor fruit set, meaning lower yields down the road. Though we kept holding out for warmer weather to come our way, the pattern of cool & wet continued throughout the summer. Selective fruit thinning and leaf pulling at the end of August helped to usher along veraison by early September. The increasingly sunny and warm weather in September and the first week of October allowed for slow and steady ripening, with flavor compounds in the fruit developing at a faster pace than sugar levels. We began picking our estate on October 8th, pausing for a brief spell of rain between the 9th and 12th, and continued to harvest under mostly clear and sunny skies until completion on October 22nd.
Even though the vintage was fraught with much worry over the fate of our grapes, 2010 is already proving to be a classic Oregon vintage. The limited yields, paired with consistently cool temperatures over the season and extended hang-time has made for some stunning wines. Our 2010 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is perfumed with notes of rose petals, dried sage, and cigar box; leading to a focused palate of red currant, pomegranate, and signature Jory soil terroir with a spicy mineral finish. Possessing great depth of pure fruit flavor, a crystalline structure, and persistent length, this wine is very ageworthy, and with proper cellaring can be enjoyed for the next ten to fifteen years.