Awarded 90 points Wine Spectator
100% Pinot Noir, Dijon Clones 115 and 667
Appellation: Willamette Valley Oregon, Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Bjornson Vineyard, Claire’s Block
Harvest Date(s): October 11, 2012
Cellar Treatment: One week cold soak, spontaneous fermentation, racked to barrels after one-month fermentation, minimal handling.
Aging: Aged for 16 months in French Oak barrels – 40% new oak.
Production: 74 cases (12 x 750 mL)
Release Date: Fall 2014
Vintage Notes: The warm summer days of 2012 were tempered each evening by cool marine breezes flowing over the Eola-Amity Hills via the Van Duzer Corridor, a low-point in Oregon’s Coast Range. The resulting fruit was extraordinarily complex and developed into a wine with fruit-forward aromas and flavors balanced with soft tannins and bright acidity.
Tasting Notes from Andrea Fulton, Sommelier at The Joel Palmer House Restaurant:
Soft and deep nose of blueberry and dark red cherry. While the sweet dark red and blue/black fruit explodes in the mouth, it is also carried by a backbone of soil and sun and place that defines the very nature of classic Pinot Noir. The depth of flavor and rich acidity master the warm 2012 vintage resulting in a balanced and seductive wine with a lingering and satisfying finish. Seafood in cream sauces or prime rib will shine with Isabel. Beautiful now, and will age masterfully for five to ten years.
Vineyard Notes: Claire’s block is planted with Dijon-115 and 667 clones of Pinot Noir on a east slope (550-510′ elevation) of deep volcanic Jory soil. Row spacing is 8 x 5, with 1089 plants per acre.
About Isabel: This barrel selection honor’s Mark’s grandmother Isabel, who homesteaded on the plains of North Dakota, was a school teacher, wife, mother, renowned cook, and award-winning pie maker. The proceeds from her three-acre vegetable garden saved the family farm during the Great Depression and paid college tuition for Mark’s mother and uncle.
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