Torii Mor receives fruit from self-rooted Pommard and Wadensvil Pinot noir vines planted in 1991 with 7.5 x 5 spacing. The soil is alluvial, Loess (silt from the Missoula floods, 15 thousand years ago, windblown uphill) in the Laurelwood soil series. Hawks View Vineyard faces south/southeast and lies at an average elevation of 350 feet. This wine is comprised of Wadensvil (80%) and Pommard clones (20%).
The 2021 growing season was hot and dry with wide swings in weather conditions. An abnormally cold period at the end of May and a relatively cool wet period around bloom resulted in lower yields. The heat in the summer included a 5-day stretch that averaged 103F highs and 92-day span with only .02 inches of rain. Through the dry vintage emerged fruit with very little disease pressure, full ripeness, deep concentration while retaining good acidity. All these factors culminated to produce wines that are exceptionally balanced exhibiting flavors of intense dark fruit, earthiness and minerality paired with floral and red fruit aromatics.
Torii Mor’s harvest started on September 13th and finished on September 29th.