Point North is an Oregon Pinot Noir project from Sean Minor. Sean has a lot of history with the wine industry in Oregon having run both Benton Lane and King Estate. He always felt that at some point he would return to the unique and special growing region that Oregon offers.
For this project he has asked Ray Walsh, who Sean worked with at King Estate, to help with the winemaking. Ray handles the daily winemaking operations for Point North while Sean has the say on the blends and final product.
The wine is a blend from select vineyards in the Willamette Valley and Umpqua Appellations in Oregon. All grapes are hand-picked at optimal ripeness level. Once the fruit is de-stemmed into bins a portion is placed into open top fermenters, while the remaining is placed into temperature controlled stainless steel fermenters. The fruit is cold-soaked for 28 hours. Once the fermentation begins, each open top tank is punched down two to three times per day. When the wine is fermented dry it is racked to barrels for completion of malo-lactic fermentation. The wine is aged 6 months in 100% French oak of which 20% is new.
Sean’s wines always ride a beautiful line between new world fruit and old world structure which is why they appeal to so many palates. The 2012 Point North has juicy red fruit with notes of spice and earth on the palate. There is good weight on the palate as well as nice lift that keeps the wine fresh. An elegant 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir.