J. Christopher Dundee Hills Cuvée Pinot Noir 2014
This is a cuvée of selected barrels from excellent vineyard sites in the red volcanic clay of the Dundee Hills AVA. It shows the sanguine depth and fruity elegance that are typical of this area. The Dundee Hills developed as a result of the collision of the Pacific and North American plates. Located about 40 miles inland from the Oregon Coast, this growing area is protected from severe weather by the Coast Range. The 2014 Vintage We had an excellent growing season in 2014, with an exceptional fruit set, dry weather through September, and an abundant harvest of ripe, healthy fruit. It was a rare vintage that gave us full ripeness, reasonable alcohol and good acidity. Normally, we only get two out of three. Overall, it was a warm vintage, but the alcohol conversion rates were low, which resulted in wines that are both very ripe and very elegant.