Smockshop Band 2018 Pinot Noir
This vintage of the Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir is a blend of parcels from Atavus and Elder and captures many of the qualities of the single vineyard wines we released from those sites in the fall. 2018 is one of those vintages where the volume is turned up on every channel; the wines are extremely rich, aromatic and powerfully structured. This wine is no exception The fruit from Atavus brings a lusher and more gentle texture, it pushes the blend slightly more toward red fruits and brings the same very exotic aromas of “quatre épices”. The fruit from Elder is darker (think black raspberries) and contributes density, tannins and a meatier aromatic profile.
The fermenters from Elder spent 14 days on the skins, those from Atavus 30, all of it whole cluster without destemming before being pressed with a basket press directly to barrel. It was aged for just over two years in small casks before being bottled by hand.