The 2020 Chehalem Mountains Select aroma is forward, rich and sweet with dark fruity notes of cherries and blackberries, framed by medium complexity and light oak notes. The flavors display juicy, bright acidity, sweetness, with black cherry -blackberry fruit, and earthy complexity. The texture is rich, thick and dense, great concentration and intensity, bright acids, and sweet rich-spicy tannins. The finish is long, bright, and rich with intense sweet-spicy tannins, and a long complex-fruit finish. This wine will benefit from minimal cellaring but could be enjoyed today!
Two vineyards are represented in this Chehalem Mountains appellation Pinot Noir: Alloro Vineyard and Hoy Vineyard. These Chehalem Mountains vineyards soils are mostly alluvial (Hoy) with some volcanic (jory) under the alluvial (Alloro). Clones: 24% for Pommard, Dijon 113 and 667, 28 % for Dijon 115.
The 2020 growing season started with an early to average budbreak before mid-April, following a mild and dry November-December, then a wet January early February with a single snow event (1/2 inch). Mid to end of February was warmer than average, by early April reaching the 70’s. In early May the heat was turned on with low
80s, reaching the 90s by the end of the month. June resets the clock with 2 cold and showery weeks, when bloom started, leading to poor pollination resulting in a lot of small berries and very loose clusters, the second part of June was in the 80’s. The first 2 weeks of July cooled down again before reaching the 80’s and 90’s. Summer was
very dry with a handful of days in the 100’s.
Summer forest fires raged in Southern Washington, Western and Southern Oregon, Northern California, including the Chehalem Mountains, results of a major wind storm on labor day that spread fires everywhere, including spot fires in the Dundee Hills, home of Torii Mor Winery. The Northern Willamette Valley filled with heavy smoke for
weeks at a time. The grape yields were on the low side, with disease free, healthy fruit. Torii Mor’s harvest started on September 10th and finished on October 16th.
Production: 150 cases