2018 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir
Located in the foothills of Oregon's Coastal Range, the vineyard is biodynamically-farmed by the dedicated Momtazi family, who planted vines in the late 1990’s. Nicolas-Jay’s block of Pinot Noir lies near the top of the vineyard, at an elevation of 740 feet, with a north-south row orientation and 5’ x 7’ spacing. Elevation, coupled with cool evenings and persistent winds, cause the grapes to ripen slowly, developing a striking combination of concentration, restraint, and earth-driven characteristics.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES The Momtazi vineyard produces expressive and characterful wines vintage to vintage. This 2018 version has vivid aromas of crushed sugared blackberry, passionfruit, pine sap, and pomegranate with snaps of orange peel and zest. A beautiful “ocean shore” salinity to this wine, bramble-berry and cinnamon merge together in a savory, intense core of luscious fruits. Immediate urgency on the pallet with minerality, sweet tannins and black fruits that stretch out into a stunning and remarkable mouth-feel that will continue to unfold in the months to come.
- Harvested: September 29th
- Harvest Brix: 23.8
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- TA: 5.2g/L
- pH: 3.54
- 50% new French oak
- Date bottled: June 16, 2020
- Cases made: 145
- Winemakers: Jean-Nicolas Méo, Tracy Kendall