2012 Iris Oregon Red ONE - Iris Vineyards

2012 Iris Oregon Red ONE - Iris Vineyards
2012 Iris Oregon Red ONE - Iris Vineyards
Tasting notes
This blend is a brilliant red color reminiscent of pomegranate fruit.  In the glass aromas of strawberry, red currant, fresh cut ripe red apple, and baking spices are evident.  On the palate the wine is medium full bodied with cherry, plum, watermelon, and butterscotch.  The long, smooth, clean finish is light on the tongue and refreshing.
VarietalSyrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muscat
Varietal Composition79.2% Syrah, 15.9% Pinot Noir, 3.0% Chardonnay, & 1.9% Muscat
Harvest Date10/21/2012
AgingIn barrel
Fermentation1.25 ton open top
Wine StyleRed Table Wine
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/19/2014

Rouge Valley Syrah blended with select wines from other Oregon vineyards.

Growing Season:

The 2012 growing season in Oregon began late with below average temperatures and higher than average cloud cover in March.  This caused a delay in soil warming and consequent delay in bud break by about two weeks.  This was followed by warmer than average weather in April and May, leading to increased vigor prior to flowering.  A very cloudy June slowed the vines again and probably contributed to reduced crop loads for the year.  With July came warm, dry weather and cloudless skies.  That weather lasted into October allowing the vines to make up for lost time.  Grape harvest began at a historically average date.  Due to the naturally reduced yields and virtually idyllic weather from July, our fruit quality was extremely high.

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