2017 Mirabai Pinot Noir

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2017 Mirabai Pinot Noir


2017 was certainly a year to celebrate with regard to my blocks at Maresh Vineyard after the extremely low yields in 2016. I was able to include barrels from all of my blocks at Maresh in this Mirabai: Block 1/Red Barn (planted in 1970), the Long Rows (1970) the Old Block (1970), Block 8 (1978), Block 10/Star of Bethlehem Flower Block and Block 7 (1991).

Characteristic of 2017, the nose is beautifully perfumed. While there is (in its youth) a sense of fragility and nerviness, there is power that is more tensile in nature than in obvious structure or bulk. The Mirabai 2017 is an utterly transparent, light red with youthful, fuschia highlights at the edges. It is far deeper in flavor than the colour might suggest. It has the classic Maresh sun-warmed Hood strawberry and spice, with the classic Red Hills of Dundee silkiness, but this wine is fleet-footed, aerial, mercurial, and evokes flight, wind, and swift movement. Over time, this will likely be one of my most complex and age-worthy Mirabai’s to date.

After all of these years writing these kinds of notes and hoping to not have them sound like grocery store lists or to imprison my wines with my words, I have begun to sometimes include quotes from my friends who have tasted the wine in question. These quotes are meant to be pure fun. In the case of the Mirabai 2017, another longtime winemaker here in the Willamette Valley noted: “It’s like a Maltese falcon and a kitty having a discussion about God”.  

Appellation: Willamette Valley A.V.A. (specifically, 100% Dundee Hills-am changing the A.V.A. on the labels starting with the 2018) 
Picking Date: 1 October 2017
Barrels:  neutral Burgundy barrels (228L) made from French forests
Bottling Date: 29 June 2018 
Alcohol: 12.5 % 
Whole Cluster: 50%


Cases Produced: 662

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