PI N OT G R I S 2 0 0 7 O RE GON Blue Pirate Story
Blue birds would sit in the trees outside the Westnut Hazelnut Factory in Dundee, Oregon and steal the nuts from the delivery trucks, drop them on the ground, and break the shells. The birds would then swoop down and grab the nuts for food, leaving the shell behind. These swashbuckling birds were named Blue Pirates. Westnut produced packaged hazelnuts and named the product “Blue Pirate Filberts”. Our Pinot Noir is produced at this renovated historical building, now called “12th and Maple Wine Company” and is also dedicated to the Blue Bird that once pirated the hazelnuts – the Blue Pirate.
This premier release 2007 Blue Pirate Pinto Gris was harvested in mid-October 2007 and fermented in three separate lots, employing three select yeast strains to accentuate the aromatic profile and vibrant color. To protect the wine’s lively acidity, it underwent no malolactic fermentation. Tasting Notes Very expressive nose of Hawthorne flower, Bosq pear, Macintosh apple, vanilla bean, and loaded with spice: ginger, cardamom and mace. Using bâttonage sur lees, contributes a beautiful honeyed richness, and provides mid-palate texture which accents the intense spiciness. This wine is wonderfully complex while being balanced by bright, crisp acidity. Winemaker Aron Hess, winemaker at Battle Creek 12th and Maple Wine Company, Dundee and formerly of Rex Hill Winery Blend: 100% Pinot Gris Vineyard: 79% Melrose Vineyard, Umpqua; 21% Stoneridge, Willamette Valley Alcohol: 13.5% Bottled: March 2008 Release Date: April 1, 2008
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