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2018 Own-Rooted Pinot Noir (Wine Club Only Pre-Release)

2018 Own-Rooted Pinot Noir (Wine Club Only Pre-Release)
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Our “Own-Rooted” Pinot Noir showcases several old-vine sites in the Willamette Valley, each at least 30 years old, and planted at a time when  rootstock was relatively rare in Oregon viticulture. Our own Bishop Creek Vineyard supplies a portion of the blend, showing off its characteristic black fruit. Hyland Vineyard, the oldest in the McMinnville AVA, sits atop a hillside looking over the Van Duzer Corridor, and its 45 year old vines supply tension in this wine. 1990-planted Pommard from Nysa Vineyard completes this wine, supplying elegant red fruit and spice.

After a stunning inaugural launch of this wine in 2017, this 2018 edition proves old-vine, ungrafted rootstock produce explosive, breathtaking wines. Stones, fresh strawberry, lavender and clove aromas rise effortlessly to the nose. Savory elements on the palate: olive, roasted meat, cherry cordial, cocoa spice intertwined with an intriguing coastal saline edge. Almost overwhelming intensity, with a wetness and zippiness component on the palate that ignites a curiousness about what beauty the human senses might consume over time.

Farming: 100% Organic and Bio-Dynamic vineyards only

Harvested: September 25th 

Harvest Brix: 23.2

Alcohol: 13.5%

TA: 5.5g/L

pH: 3.46

Fermentation: Native Yeast

Fining/filtration: None

Cooperage: 50% new French oak

Date bottled: June 16, 2020

Cases made: 270


Jean-Nicolas Méo

Tracy Kendall