2018 LBJ is a whole-cluster, partial carbonic red Pinot Noir from a high-altitude baby vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.
This wine was not easy but ended up pretty fricking delicious.
The origin story:
I had decided to purchase fruit (for the first time) for sparkling wine from a good friend, Shelby Perkins, who had just purchased a baby vineyard.
The fruit arrived in the same week that I realized I had a more-extensive mildew blow-out in one of the vineyards I farm, and I realized if I wanted to have enough wine for a barrel of red, I could take Shelby's "Sparkling" fruit, which had matured quickly, and use part of it for my red cuvee instead of the vineyard I was planning.