2021 Lone Star Block 18 Pinot Noir
This is what makes winemaking so fun - Block 18 is part of the make up of our Lonestar Vineyard Pinot Noir, but when we tasted this particular block, we immediately noticed something special. This is the alter ego of the classic Lone Star, highlighting the lofty cranberry relish, a unique savory herbaceousness and the most subtle hint of sweet brown spice poking through.
Fruit was filled into traditional Argyle 1.5 ton bins, 100% destemmed, fermenting for 14-20 days. Fruit was gently pressed and racked to barrel.
Food Pairing Notes
Argyle Pinot Noirs are long aging, maintaining their high natural acidity and minerality borne of late season ripening and fresh fruit character. This wine can be cellared for 10-15 years (or more).
Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres PlantedFounded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils 200’ – 400’ elevation
All signs of the start to the 2021 vintage pointed to a classic spring season. Bud break took place end of April followed by a dry spring. Bloom in June arrived with a rain shower that reduced overall yield potential but allowed for the perfect amount of fruit to ripen on the vines for high quality wine production. Summer remained dry and sunny with plenty of heat to keep the fruit developing. While a heat dome in late June posed a challenge for many in the valley, we experienced no damage from this weather event. These summer events lead to a rather early harvest, which successfully wrapped up the first week of October.
Lone Star Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
September 18, 2021
14 months in French oak, 25% new oak
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