2005 Citation Oregon Pinot Noir
“This is our investment in the test of time which is the ultimate test for a wine region and a wine producer…created without compromise, proof positive that Oregon is the optimum region in the New World to produce a classically Burgundian-style Pinot Noir.” – Howard Rossbach
The finest Pinot Noir we offer, Citation Oregon is created by looking beyond the limits of geographic boundaries to attain the highest quality possible. After scouring the furthest reaches of the state and our own vineyards and valley, the most promising vineyard blocks were selected and fermented in small vessels. Punched-down twice a day by hand, the wine was later gently pressed to French oak barrels and aged for the next 18 months. Careful selection of the best barrels produced a small quantity of deep, luscious Pinot Noir.
Bottle-aged a full nine years before release, the 2005 Citation Pinot Noir has developed complexity only achieved with great patience and has proven to be a truly world-class wine. Deep garnet in color, its youthful aromas of black cherry and cinnamon meld with those developed in the bottle: sliced mushroom and forest floor. Mouth-filling flavors of cherry pie and vanilla sit atop the wine’s still maturing silty tannins, as faint echoes of oak linger on the finish.