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2004 William Hatcher Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

The essence of my winemaking is that less is more. The fruit will reveal the wine to the winemaker. Accordingly, the winemaker shepherds the wine rather than makes it. Notably, there is no word for "winemaker" in French, Italian or Spanish: one is a vigneron, viticoltore or vineicultor, the idea being that the wine is made in the vineyard

In a given vintage, the optimal blend may be comprised of only half or more of the barrels in the cellar. As with the preparation of fine meal, it is a question of what precisely informs the whole. Too much of the richest ingredient may overwhelm the balance. Thus, A to Z, our sister project, is always blessed with some beautiful barrels. In this case only 18 of the 32 barrels were blended to produce 440 cases.

In particular, the 2004 weaves the bright raspberry, cassis and loganberry flavors of the 2003 with mocha, vanilla and cinnamon. The intensity of the fruit swells to a silky mouth feel and finishes long on fine tannins. With a frim acidic backbone, the wine will continue to develop and please for at least a decade.

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