Dopp Creek represents the broadest combined expression of our Estate, and embodies our most approachable and versatile wine. The 2019 Dopp Creek opens with pretty aromas of rich red fruit and savory herbs, which carry through on the palate. The wine is clean, balanced, and well-structured with a core of bright fruit and a round, supple mouthfeel. It finishes with a hint of pomegranate, rosemary, and warm spice. This wine drinks beautifully now, and will age gracefully over the next five to eight years. Winemaking: 2019 was reminiscent of classic Oregon vintages, with very few heat spikes throughout the summer. Harvest commenced on September 21st and continued through October 1st under cool and dry conditions. Once in the winery, the fruit was 100% destemmed into small stainless steel tanks and began a 4—5 day cold soak. Following this, tanks were gently warmed, and fermentation by indigenous yeast began and continued for 10-14 days. Throughout primary fermentation, the tanks were gently punched down by hand twice daily. Once fermentation was complete, the wine remained in tank for 5-7 days of extended maceration, after which it was drained and the skins and seeds went to press to very gently to procure the remaining juice. Both the free-run juice and pressed juice went directly to barrel without settling. After aging for 11 months in 15% new, 29% 1 year, 38% 2 year, 16% 3 year, and 4% 4 year old French oak barrels, the wine was then blended and bottled in December of 2020. Clonal composition: 29% Pommard, 22% Wädenswil, 21% Dijon 667, 14% Dijon 115, 12% Dijon 777, 2% Dijon 114
94 pts James Suckling
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