Carlton Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir Estate, Willamette Valley
Dave Grooters has a prime estate vineyard with well-drained Wellsdale sedimentary soils located right between Tony Soter's and Ken Wright's vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of Willamette Valley. All the grapes for this wine are from the estate vineyard and Dave, who learned his craft working for Ken Wright for many years, does the honors as winemaker. Mature ten year old vines planted on well-drained Wellsdale sedimentary soil. The grapes are all hand selected and in the incredible 2012 vintage there was a lot of great fruit to select. Aging was in 100% French oak for 10 months. It shows Bright, pale ruby with purple hints at the rim. On the nose, delicate aromas of raspberry, blackberry, dried leaves and dusty earth. On the palate, intense flavors are of fresh blackberries and red cherries, strawberry preserves, allspice and other baking spices, vanilla & root beer that linger on the finish.