J. Christopher & Dr. Loosen "Appassionata" Pinot Noir 2008 (Willamette Valley, Oregon)

J. Christopher & Dr. Loosen "Appassionata" Pinot Noir 2008
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)

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Appassionata is a direct result of the friendship between Jay and Ernst, two dedicated winemakers who share an overriding passion for Pinot Noir. It is the original collaboration cuvée that they started with the 2005 vintage, and represents the pinnacle of our production each year. To assemble the wine, they select a few of the very best barrels, with a distinctive combination of clones, terroirs and cooperages, to produce an elegant, age-worthy Pinot Noir with pure Oregon fruit and fine Old World structure. Each vintage is released only when Jay and Erni feel that it is ready to drink.

Now legendary, 2008 was a nearly perfect vintage in Oregon. A long, cool growing season resulted in a small crop (about 20 percent below average) that benefited from long hang time — the ideal conditions for Pinot Noir. Beautiful weather during harvest allowed us to pick at optimal ripeness. This combination of conditions made it possible to produce dense, concentrated wines with excellent Old World structure and elegance.