2014 St. Dolores Estate WV Pinot
A red quasar. Really? Doesn’t disprove we’re not astrologists.
The Cliff Notes: This wine is dark ruby. The nose delivers straight-up ripe cherry. Substantial, formidable, serious, pick your descriptor. We’d cover wall to ceiling with this resinous red if “cherry paint” were a thing. The trim would be caramel. And we’d paint the back door with vibrant acid and ripe tannin, because that’s what lingers on and on.
The Story: Our mom’s name is Dolores. She raised seven kids, hence our honor to her. This wine well warrants its inaugural release from our 40-acre estate vineyard. Young vineyards can be bombastic, but are seldom highly complex. Cognizant, we willingly played humble-pie for a few years until both young beauty and complexity showed themselves to be worthy of the name.
The Building of: Small-lot wild yeast fermentations, 100% barrel aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (one new, one once-filled, four older). Bottled, unfined and unfiltered, in March of 2016.
Ageability: Absolutely decant to get it air within its first three years. Well cellared, you should anticipate additional complexity during its first 15 years with a potential 12- to 20-year drinking horizon.
Vineyards: Our St. Dolores Estate’s (2009) high-elevation, dry-farmed vines (Chehalem Mtns. AVA, Parrett Mtn. district) deliver both high structure and juiciness to the wine, a rare combination. This wine comes from our 10+10 and Tunnel blocks, which are Pommard-clone Pinot noir, grown on volcanic soils.
— Jim Prosser, owner/winemaker