2018 Chehalem Corral Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
Corral Creek is known for its elegant, nuanced aromatics, and 2018 is no different with dense notes of tart cranberry and subtle hints of rose and fresh forest floor in the glass. The silky tannins create length on the palate, carrying bright red fruit flavors through the finish. This wine has a bright future, as these aspects will evolve and seamlessly integrate over time.
The 2018 vintage was magic. Following the trend of the past several vintages, summer was warm, but nighttime temperatures remained cool, helping the fruit to hold its natural acidity. As harvest approached, temperatures cooled ever so slightly, creating perfect fruit ripening conditions. With no big rainstorms on the horizon, we never had an urgency to pick. Once we started picking fruit, the vintage was slow and consistent with perfect flavors and lab numbers. The 2018 vintage will produce fantastic wines.