Steve Lutz uses the spring release of his flagship Pinot Noir to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this boutique project, which pulls entirely from his 16-acre vineyard just outside of Yamhill, Ore. His release from the 2017 vintage fits deliciously within his traditional profile of bigger styles of Pinot Noir via the Lenné Estate clonal collection of Pommard with Dijon selections 114, 115, 667 and 777. There’s very little sense of wood from the 11-month French barrel program in this Pommard-led blend with contributions from the other four clones. As a result, it’s round, fleshy and redolent of cassis, Damson plum and pomegranate juice with a mouthwatering finish of blueberry. This has the bones for the investment of time. And through the first week in May, Lutz has pledged 40% of profits from online sales to Meals on Wheels.
Production: 298 cases