Luminous Hills Vineyard sits in the southwestern portion of the Yamhill-Carlton District within the larger Willamette Valley appellation, and is the home vineyard of Seven of Hearts winemaker Byron Dooley.
3 wines are produced here, with this estate Pinot Noir being a blend of several vineyard sites. A wonderful, deep red which is 25% whole cluster fermented and then barrel aged for sixteen months in a mixture of French oak from different cooperages. Lively and spicey with dark berry scents on the nose. Smooth and appealingly sweet, offering plump raspberry and floral pastille flavors that intensify on the mid-palate. Although structured, this wonderful Pinot is forward and nicely balanced, displaying clarity and rounded tannins on the finish.
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