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REX HILL Sunny Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir

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REX HILL Sunny Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

92pts

The pretty 2017 REX HILL Sunny Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir greets with floral notes like violets and lavender, delicate red and black fruit aromas, and hints of sweet oak and faint spices like cinnamon and mace. As the wine opens, whole cluster attributes reveal deeper, darker fruits evoking blackberry jam with thyme, ruby port, and some earth and savory notes. Lithe and restrained, this wine shows great tension between fruit, acid and tannin, promising the structure to age well.

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2017
ACID 6.1g/L
Varietal Pinot Noir
PH 3.62
AGING Aged 13 months in: 33% New French barrels, 22% 1 yr barrels, 22% 2yr barrels
Alcohol % 14.1

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TASTING NOTES

The pretty 2017 REX HILL Sunny Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir greets with floral notes like violets and lavender, delicate red and black fruit aromas, and hints of sweet oak and faint spices like cinnamon and mace. As the wine opens, whole cluster attributes reveal deeper, darker fruits evoking blackberry jam with thyme, ruby port, and some earth and savory notes. Lithe and restrained, this wine shows great tension between fruit, acid and tannin, promising the structure to age well.


VINEYARD NOTES

Sunny Mountain Vineyard is located above the town of Monroe, Oregon, in the southernmost reaches of the Willamette Valley AVA.


Vintage Notes

A cool, wet spring led to the latest budbreak we’ve seen for the past several years, and hence later flowering. This means a greater chance of favorable weather and the development of a large crop both in terms of berry quantity and size. This calls for discipline in fruit-thinning. The summer was warm and sunny, accumulating growing degree days and ‘catching up’ the projected harvest to about two weeks behind 2015 and 2016. Underlying the challenges of the 2017 vintage, was a very sound growing season and harvest.