This special wine was developed years ago by our late winemaker, Forrest Klaffke. Founder Jim Bernau loved to end his winery tours with a tasting of this wine from the barrel, but Forrest complained that he was giving away too much of this precious, limited-production wine. In an attempt to deter Jim, Forrest locked the Pinot Noir Port barrels away and wore the key around his neck. The day before his passing, he gave the key to Jim. Since then, we have continued to make this wine according to Forrest's methods and bottle it with the original vintage label design.
On the Nose: A wine as equally rich in history, opens with inviting notes of plum, currant, dark chocolate, caramel and anise.
On the Palate: The balance of sweetness and acidity creates a beautiful viscous sip full of dark fruit, toffee, cherry cordial and holiday spice all concluding with a silky smooth finish.
Food Pairings: Enjoy with Rogue Creamery blue cheese with cherry compote, baked brie with figs and walnuts, flourless chocolate cake, pumpkin pie and with the company of a crackling fire.
Peak drinkability: 2021 - 2031