Awarded 91 points Wine Spectator
100% Pinot Noir, Dijon Clones 777, 115, Wadensvil & Pommard
Appellation: Willamette Valley Oregon, Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Bjornson Vineyard, Kristjan’s and Hunter’s Blocks
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 – 22% new oak.
Production: 127 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:
Explosive notes of mineral against a backdrop of black cherry and blackberry with a rich floral perfume that lingers in the nose. Toasty red cherries in the mouth with a sturdy structure that balances fruit, forrest floor and black tea. The lengthy finish promises glory with age. In two years this wine will give up more secrets, and in five to ten years, you will surrender completely.
Vineyard Notes: Kristjan’s block is planted with Pommard and Dijon-777 clones of Pinot Noir on a southwest slope (465-530′ elevation) of Jory and Nekia soil types. Row spacing is 8 x 5, with 1089 plants per acre. Hunter’s block is planted with Dijon-115 and Wadenswil clones of Pinot Noir on a very rocky, Nekia southwest slope with elevations from 560 – 480′.
Kristjan’s Block Vineyard Anecdote: Our vineyard blocks are named after our children. We had intended to name our first planted block for our oldest child Kaitlyn. In August of 2006, we were clearing the block for planting. Mark tried to get Kaitlyn to help pick rocks. In typical teenage fashion, Kaitlyn refused. By the end of the day, the block was named for a more enthusiastic rock-picker.
Hunter’s Block Vineyard Anecdote: When we were clearing Hunter’s block our excavator warned, “You’re wasting your money and my time. You’ll never be able to grow anything here, there’s barely enough dirt to hold the rocks together.” After removing more than 400 tons of rock the young Wadenswil vines planted on the rockiest part of the vineyard are thriving and producing fruit that is coveted by local winemakers. Eight-year-old Hunter (now 13) cleared many tons of rock himself.