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2017 PINOT NOIR

PURPLE RAIN
VINEYARD |
prince hill
block | 3
clone | 95
APPELLATION | dundee HILLS
WINEMAKER | Laurent Montalieu
HARVEST DATEs | SEPTEMBER 18–OCTobER 5, 2017
BOTTLING | JANUARY 15, 2019
ALCOHOL | 13.7%
PRODUCTION |  60 BOTTLES / 5 caseS

 
 

the Wine

When Dick Erath and his family laid down their roots and made the highest peak in the Dundee Hills their home, it was at the corner of Prince and Worden Hill Roads. However, when your teenage son is an aspiring rock star, the Prince Road signs find a way of going missing. They go missing so much that the city of Dundee decides to change the name to the less monarchical Fairview. Forever embedded in rock and roll and Oregon wine history, Prince Hill Vineyard was born. Purple rain, purple rain, we only want to see you drinking purple rain.

Purple Rain is focused and elevated with cherries, juicy watermelon, old growth forest and Christmas spice. This single-barrel Clone 95 exudes vibrance with well-integrated sweet, smoky toast notes. Exploding with luscious black cherry and dark plum finishing with clean linear acidity, this is a wine that excites all of your senses.

the winery

Dick Erath and Laurent Montalieu share a combined 82 years of grape growing and winemaking in the state of Oregon. Dick is the revered trailblazer whose early vision and relentless pursuit helped position Oregon winemaking on the world stage. Laurent Montalieu is the meticulous enologist from Bordeaux who focuses on each wine’s sense of place.

Their partnership with the Prince Hill site enters its third vintage with the 2017 wines. The wines are made at NW Wine Company by Laurent, where his only focus is to bring all of the subtle nuances out of the wines from this historic site.

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