The wine aged for 16 months in French oak barrels (31% new) and presents pronounced aromas of dark cherries, red raspberries with ground spices and hints of smoke. Layers of red and dark fruit dominate the palate with notes of roasted spices, dark flowers and forest floor flavors. This is a richly layered wine with complex flavors and medium weight tannins.
Zenith Vineyard is centrally located in the Eola-Amity Hills. The estate grown grapes come from two mature blocks planted with Pinot Noir clones 667 and 777 on a southwest facing hillside and a younger block facing southeast planted with Pommard clone on well draining silty loam at an average elevation of 280 feet. The de-stemmed grapes are fermented in small stainless tanks after two days of cold maceration.