Spirithouse Pinot Noir
Entirely from Knudsen Vineyard, 2014 Spirithouse Pinot Noir displays the delicacy and refinement of the Dundee Hills while still bringing impressive depth and texture. Fresh red cherry, cranberry and the waft of late summer is brought together with warm baking spices and faint rooibos tea. The beautifully linear and chiseled acidity is embraced with silky, ethereal tannin leading to a long, generous finish. After fermentation and gentle pressing, the wine was allowed to age elegantly on its lees for 16 months in French oak, of which 40% were new.
Wine Production Stats
AVA: Dundee Hills
Aging:16 Months French Oak, 40% New
Wine Maker:Nate Klostermann
The 2014 growing season began with plenty of sunshine and warmth throughout the Spring. About two weeks ahead of normal, the early June bloom continued with fantastic weather, leading to an above average fruit set. This required us to meticulously thin our vineyards in order to capture dense, vibrant fruit flavors. The summer was quite warm, seeing a near record number of 90°+ days.
Lithe and precise, showing floral raspberry aromas and delicately layered flavors of strawberry and cinnamon, accented by a touch of herbal tea. The finish is long and sleek. Drink now through 2022.
- T.F. (2014 vintage)
Light and delicate, with a minty-floral edge to the raspberry, strawberry and green tea flavors, coming together harmoniously. Gains momentum and persistence on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 850 cases made.
- Harvey Steiman (2012 vintage)
Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection
Warm cherry fruit enfolds the palate, with supporting, lemony acids. This subtle, graceful wine both intrigues and invites, still promising a bit more than it delivers, but holding the potential for future greatness. Cellar it and try again 2018-2025.
- Paul Gregutt (2012 vintage)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The fruit for 2009 Pinot Noir Spirithouse was sourced from the Knudsen Vineyard in Dundee Hills. It is rounder, richer, and more unctuous than the Nuthouse bottling but not with the latter’s precision focus. All about pleasure, it will drink well though 2019.
- Jay Miller (2009 vintage)
Fresh and inviting, with juicy cherry and spice flavors pushing through a layer of firm tannins. The fruit prevails expressively on the finish. Should develop with cellaring. Drink now through 2017. 630 cases made.
- Harvey Steiman (2009 vintage)