Day Wines 2016 'Broken Destemmer' Johan Vineyard Pinot Noir

Day Wines 2016 'Broken Destemmer' Johan Vineyard Pinot Noir
Day Wines 2016 'Broken Destemmer' Johan Vineyard Pinot Noir

In 2016 we had near perfect growing conditions across the Willamette Valley. Most of our Johan fruit had already come in and was in fermenter, but we always pick Johan in a couple of passes based on ripeness of the blocks. The day we brought in the second round of fruit - the Wadenswil - our destemmer broke. We scrambled and tried to find a replacement but weren't able to get anything in place until the next day and we needed to process the fruit then, otherwise run the risk of losing the fruit to VA or other bad critters. So, we decided that we would sort the fruit, ferment it all whole cluster, and then blend it back in with the rest of the Johan wine. The fruit fermented easily and without drama. It smelled great the whole time and had no issues. We put it into 4 barrels, none of them new. About a year later, Brianne was tasting through all of the 2016 Johan barrels and she realized how completely different the whole-cluster barrels were from the rest. It was really a unique and special wine that showed signs of being able to age for a long time.

Like it did from barrel, the Broken Destemmer shows an effusive nose of gorgeous complexity, with tart black cherry fruits next to dried rose petal, followed by a brooding streak of pencil lead and thyme. The wine is still nascent so the palate starts out a bit nervy, but it quickly organizes around a core of juicy red plum and black raspberry supported by firm tannins and racy acid. With some air, the 100% whole clusters assert themselves in notes of mint and smokey gravel vying for position with the fruit, which gains in weight and density over time. This wine is a happy accident if ever there were one, and we can't wait to see where it goes after 6 to 8 years in the cellar.  

100% Pinot noir. Fermented spontaneously with natural yeasts, it was aged for 20 months, racked twice, and bottled unfiltered and unfined in July of 2018.

80 cases produced

Winery exclusive wine - Only available for purchase directly from the winery in our tasting room, online, or over the phone.

VarietalPinot Noir
AppellationVan Duzer Corridor AVA
VineyardJohan Vineyard
Volume750 ml
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