2021 Lange 'Classique' Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
After a relatively wet winter, the 2021 vintage in our Dundee Hills got off to a fine start. The only exception was the appearance of a heat dome in late July, Fortunately, this occurred at a point in the growing season where the grapes were well equipped to handle it: well after flowering and before véraison. The added soil moisture from late winter months helped to buffer the grapes. In fact, when fall arrived, we were amazed at how green the canopy was through the end of harvest. The vintage was on track to equal the total heat accumulation of the legendary 2015 vintage, but cooler weather in late September allowed for more moderate ripening, yielding elegant wines with substance and grace
Made with various traditional and Dijon clones grown in north Willamette Valley vineyards, this Pinot Noir saw time in 25% new French oak. The aromas of red cherries and cranberries unite with dried rose petals and Christmas spices to create a heady perfume. The tannins are sturdy, and the acidity is elevated, which is good given how much fruit is here. Flavors like tart red raspberries, not-quite-ripe marionberries, hibiscus tea and bittersweet dark chocolate coat the palate in a pleasing fashion.