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Rain at the midpoint of harvest required precise vineyard choices and mad wine-making skills. Attaining both led to beautiful, supple wines with modest alcohols.
A nearly perfect growing season well ripened a naturally smallish crop, as long as you didn’t let it get over-ripe.
A late start and the latest harvest on record (November) required low cropping and taking the vines to their zenith to attain balance vis-à-vis substantial acidity. Definitely JKC’s wheelhouse.
A late-starting and cooler year that delivered classic Pinot noir similar to 2005, with yields that were down 35% on a combination of low cropping and birds.
Precocious, a warm growing year that favored full physiological development but needed to be reined-in to truly sparkle.
A late spring and Indian summer bracketed a low-yield growing year, thus allowing wines of length, complexity and ripeness.
Jack be nimble … The best year in ten to favor producer over vintage, flavor over color, and elegance over bravado.
The second-warmest vintage on record (at the time) delivered opulence if you could tame the dragon.
A classically cooler Oregon season, with lower yields driving structure and finesse.
Rain at flowering and some hot summer days led to a small but ripe vintage and readily accessible wines.
Fourteen growing days over 100 degrees delivered Oregon’s most over-the-top vintage to date and required a deft balancing act between ripeness and acidity.
A textbook growing year delivered perhaps Oregon’s best vintage to date.
A cooler growing season delivered elegant wines with good acidity.
A long moderate growing season gave complex and highly ageable wines on good acidity.
J.K. Carriere’s first and one of Oregon’s most highly regarded vintages built on the back of a long Indian summer.