Day Wines Johan Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018


Day Wines Johan Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018

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Organic / Biodynamic / Natural

93 points Vinous
Limpid ruby. Vibrant red fruit, floral and baking spice scents show fine detail and mineral lift. Juicy raspberry and cherry flavors spread out steadily through the midpalate and take on suggestions of botanical herbs, cola and candied lavender. Smoothly interwoven tannins frame a long, spicy finish that emphatically repeats the floral and cherry notes.

Johan Vineyard is an 85-acre, Demeter-certified biodynamic site in the Willamette Valley. This site is almost always our last Pinot pick of harvest. Although it's a relatively low-elevation site, due to its proximity to the coast and the winds that howl through the Van Duzer Corridor every summer afternoon, the fruit here tends to ripen later than in our other vineyards. It is primarily marine sediment soils, and the benefit of biodynamic farming is completely apparent when one stands in this healthy and alive place. Our Johan Pinot Noir always displays a lovely, deep red berry core, with hints of marionberry, black tea, tobacco leaf and graphite. The tannins and acids in this wine are typically strident in their youth, indicating a long and fulfilling life in the cellar.