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2012 William Hatcher Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

The 2012 William Hatcher Pinot Noir beckons with floral notes of rosewater, lilacs along with kirsch and cola undertones and hints of mocha and pencil shavings. On the palate red fruits blossom: raspberry, red cherry, strawberry and currant.

The 2012 vintage is redolent of the majestic 2008 but is more supple in its youth. Nevertheless, it can be expected to cellar for 15 years or more.

2012 was a quintessential vintage bringing some repose to growers and vintners alike after two late years that tried the mettle of all. Budbreak was timely in a classic Oregon spring of warm, sunny days punctuated by cooler rainy spells. The pattern carried into June, making for a prolonged flowering that saw a reduction in set depending upon elevation and timing of the rains.

 

That wavy weather pattern eventually yielded into a more typical dry Oregon summer after two damp years with warm but not scorching days, cool nights and no rain in July, August and into September. Temperatures cooled a bit in late September into October making for the luxuriant ripening conditions winemakers yearn for where flavors, sugar, acid and tannin come together in perfect balance.

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