The vintage began with an early bud break leading the way to a warm and dry summer, conditions setting the stage for an early harvest. The area experienced earlier than normal harvests, with the warmer weather which brought the fruit to physiological ripeness sooner than typically experienced in Oregon. Fortunately, the warm beginning led the way to a cool and extended finish translating to balanced wines of lower alcohol, higher acidity, and fruit flavors fresh and bright. Stylistically similar to the 2008, 2010 and 2011 vintages, these wines will pair beautifully with food and offer excellent cellaring potential
Aromas of faint bread dough, lime, candied pineapple and melon carry through to flavors on the palate. This wine is clean, focused and balanced with no flavor overwhelming the other. The finish has pleasing length and lingering notes reflecting the judicious use of oak.