2014 Founders' Selection Pinot Noir
The Founders’ Selection is only made in the best of years and in limited quantities. Laurent Montalieu is looking for depth, balance, and complexity; leading him to make only two barrels from the 2013 vintage.
94 Points (Cellar Selection) - Wine Enthusiast
"This is sourced from 1970s-era vines. It's an almost ethereal weave of berry, saffron, mint, cola and tea, all wreathed in light smoke. It shows lovely complexity for such a young wine, and it's got the balance and structure to age nicely. Drink now through 2025."
The 2014 vintage has the richness and power of 2012 but the restraint and balance of the classic 2013 vintage. Fresher and more balanced than 2009, and every bit as powerful, this vintage of a lifetime may be Oregon’s best harvest to date. From bud-break throughout harvest, growers and winemakers statewide experienced almost ideal growing conditions that delivered a record amount of exceptional, balanced fruit.
While the 2013-2014 winter may have started out as cold and wet followed by a wet and warm spring, the hot and dry summer allowed for an ideal, if not early, harvest. These seasonal characteristics led to bud-break, bloom and harvest all occurring close to two weeks earlier than usual. Despite the early progression, the warm temperatures - along with minimal issues due to rain, disease and birds - led to even cluster development and a beautiful balance between sugar and acid levels in the berries. This resulted in deeply concentrated wines with luscious fruit flavor profiles. It is safe to say that 2014 may be one of the finest and most harmonious vintages in the history of the Willamette Valley.