An exceptionally hot & dry growing season provided the Willamette Valley the rare opportunity to ripen grapes to their fullest potential. Harvest came quickly seeing sugar levels of nearly 26 Brix. Despite the high sugar the early harvest allowed for necessary acids to maintain a beautiful balance. The result is a wine with power and structure that still shows the delicate nuances prized by Pinotphiles the world over. At first glance the deep rich ruby red color sucks you in like a snake charmer’s pungi playing its mesmerizing melody. Then waves of black cherry, marionberry, and ripe plum give way to subtle hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and a touch of Grandpa’s pipe tobacco on the nose. In the mouth the 2014 Yamhill County Pinot abounds with ripe fruit flavors ranging from dark bramble berries to lifted hints of wild strawberry accented with a pinch of fresh ground tellicherry pepper. The beautifully balanced acid provides this wine the necessary backbone for easy pairing with meats as rich as Muscovy duck or as delicate as Pacific salmon. Please enjoy Communique’s first offering from now through 2025.