2014 History Mont Elise Vineyard Pinot Noir
The fruit from this vineyard was the catalyst for History. Planted by Charles (Chuck) Henderson in the late 1960s, this vineyard was among the first planted in the Columbia Gorge AVA. The property was purchased in 1999 by Melissa Burr’s relatives. In 2013, she began making wine from the estate, setting the course for the collection of History wines.
The nose shows cassis, herb de Provence and cranberry. On the palate, the wine is medium in body with bright acidity, showing tart red fruit with hints of pepper. This wine will continue to develop in bottle, becoming more expressive with time.
This high elevation site in White Salmon, Washington, sits at 1,800 ft., and has a condensed, focused growing season with warm days and cool nights, creating beautiful vibrant wines.
The 2014 vintage was a near-perfect growing season, with 3-tons of fruit harvested on October 26. The fruit was fermented in one-ton tanks. It was aged French oak for 16 months, of which only 30% was new, allowing the fruit from this historic site to shine.