Foris Pinot Noir 2017
2017 Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Estate Grown
Foris was one of the first vineyards in Oregon to plant the now ubiquitous “Dijon
clones”. Starting with just twenty-five buds of each, Ted Gerber propagated Pinot
Noir vines to supply nurseries in California. Today, many of Oregon’s most famous
Pinot vineyards can be traced to the original clone field on Foris’ flagship vineyard, Maple Ranch.
Our Pinot Noir represents a true expression of the unique soil types and alpine climate of the Illinois Valley in the Rogue Valley AVA.
Our 2017 Pinot Noir is 100% estate, from both Cedar Ranch and Maple Ranch
vineyards. The fruit was hand-harvested at night time temperatures, de-stemmed,
and fermented whole berry in small open-top fermentation bins. The three-quarter
ton bins are gently punched down for the duration of the 10 to 14-day
fermentation. Once primary fermentation is complete, the wine is racked to French oak barrels (17% once filled) for 10 months of barrel aging.
Medium ruby in hue, our 2017 Pinot Noir is characteristically florally driven with
rose petal, red plum and underlying notes of pine resin and mint. On the palate it
is smooth, round, and medium-bodied with flavors of tart cherry, orange zest,
rhubarb and clove. Its lively acidity carries through the palate and finishes with
polished fine-grained tannin.
Rogue Valley, Oregon