2017 Coelho Delfina Vineyard Pinot Noir
Opening with aromas of ultraripe black raspberries and blackberries, this medium ruby wine offers an intense berry nose with hints of coffee. On the palate, the fruit runs from blackberry at the outset to tart pie cherry, ending in a long chewy finish of rhubarb complemented by a hint of burnt sugar .
This Pinot was made with minimal intervention. The fruit was destemmed with no cold soaking, fermented at high temperatures with Burgundy yeast, and then underwent an extended maceration of 10-15 days before being pressed. After pressing, the juice was racked to barrels where we left it alone for 14 months, except to top off the barrels as wine evaporated. This Pinot was aged in 50% new and 50% neutral French oak barrels.
Delfina Vineyard, 15 acres of primarily volcanic soil in the gently rolling hills west of McMinnville in the McMinnville AVA, produces floral wines of precision with generous raspberry fruit highlighted by minerality and crisp acidity. Planted to Pinot Noir clones 777 (30%), 667 (35%), and 115 (15%).