A sultry number on the nose– high-toned and perfume-y with a panoply of fruit, floral notes, and spices. It's silky and pretty upon first sip with surging wave of power that gently overtakes.
A synergy of savoriness and undeniable sweetness of Pinot. An expansive depth and length. Articulate speaks a unique and eloquent language. In English: it rocks!
Articulate the name involves Michael Lundeen's desire to make a complex wine not just in a nebulous way, but in a singular way, to articulate that complexity. He's succeeds in a way much broader than he may have planned: bottling a fluent expression of what Oregon Pinot noir is and should be.
Michael's wines are typically about place. Articulate in intended to be the alter-ego: a winemaker's wine, a blended reserve acting as a counter-argument to place. It's not made every year, but when the wine is right...A best barrel/best blend of two barrels Yamhill Springs, one barrel Winter's Hill, and one barrel La Cantera. Less whole cluster and less new wood were used than Lundeen's single vineyard wines. 100 cases were made. - Marcus
From Lundeen: “In our portfolio, Articulate is the top tier counterpoint to the single vineyard wines. It is not produced in every vintage but when the raw materials are available, a barrel-selected blend from excellent vineyards that are capable of expressing the beautiful, intriguing, and complex elements of Pinot noir. The Articulate bottling is meant to show the highest expression of the vintage as well as the Willamette Valley as a whole. It is also an occasion as a winemaker for me to show my hand and craft an especially complete and complex Pinot noir.
In the winery, Pinot grapes are handled very gently and encouraged to begin fermentation without addition of yeast. After a cool start, temperatures can get quite warm, aiding thorough if gentle extraction. The resulting wines are pure expressions of Pinot noir that remain light on their feet, rich on the palate, and very elegant with modest alcohols and vibrant acidity.”