94pts | Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
94pts | Josh Raynolds, Vinous
The wine has a round, mouth-filling texture with rose petal and exotic spice aromas, and red fruit flavors that continue through the finish.
The fruit for this wine was grown by Mimi Casteel using her thoughtful farming practices. The vineyard is situated in one of the prime areas of the Eola-Amity Hills, not far from our own Lingua Franca Estate, enjoying the same elevation, macro-climate and soils as we have. The fruit selected for this special cuvée comes from Dijon Clone Pinot Noir 667 and Pommard. PN 667 tends to add structure, with floral and spicy notes.
Sorted on a vibrating table before the whole clusters of lignified stems and perfectly ripened fruit were fed bin by bin, not pumped, into the small format stainless steel fermenting tanks of between 2 to 5-ton capacity. Hope Well is about 40% whole cluster. Fermentation began with gentle pump overs. Foulage and pigeage were done traditionally by foot as needed. After fermentation, the wines aged in a combination of 20% new and 80% old French oak barriques for 12 months and 5 months in tank prior to bottling.