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2016 Mysterious Pinot Noir 9 Litre

2016 Mysterious Pinot Noir 9 Litre
2016 Mysterious Pinot Noir 9 Litre

Site Characteristics:This site is located in the bowl off of Worden Hill Rd. where it lies adjacent to vineyards such as Winderlea, Arcus and Maresh. We don’t get fruit from this vineyard very often but we certainly never shy away from taking it. The 2016 bottling was the 3rd year we’ve worked with the fruit (2009 and 2014 were the previous two vintages). Missing out on 2015 was not due to lack of effort on our part, for sure. This is one of the great Pinot Noir vineyards in America. The vineyard is steeply pitched vineyard and resembles a cone. The farming is impeccable. It lies on a hillside replete with some of the oldest and most noteworthy vineyards in Oregon, but beyond that it is on a hillside that is filled with people who love their vines and love this special Dundee Hills site. There is magic here for sure. In 2014 we were getting two sections of the vineyard, one that made structured, subtle wine and one that made wow wine. In 2016 we had to settle for the wow section: 27-year-old Pommard Clone vines on a very steep, southeast facing part of the slope planted at high-density that produce intense, wonderful fruit. Low tonnage to the acre amped things up a bit as well.

Winemaking and Notes:Two fermenters were done with 20% whole clusters and one with 100% whole clusters. They were assembled before bottling at those ratios. 17% new barrel was used with a combination of once to four times used barrels to round out the barrel program. This wine wants to be perfect. It is youthful and jumpy right now. As of writing this, there is so much material rolling around with fruit and tannin. Its characteristics are sort of all over the place. Not unusual for great wines to begin at stages like this. This has power, concentration, dry extract, subtle spice undertones and enormous length to it. This is not necessarily a powerhouse, but it has so much to it that it’s impossible to doubt that there is profundity in this wine’s future. Taste it now for all the incredible stuff going on but get it because it will be great years down the road.

AVA: Dundee Hills              LOCATION: Worden Hill Rd.

ELEVATION: 425’             SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990    CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 3.5-acre PGC block

VINIFICATION: 2 open-top 1.5 ton fermenters done with 20% whole clusters and 1 fermenter was done with 100% whole clusters

PICKING DATE: 9/15/16            TONS/ACRE: 1.45           

This is just the 3rd time (2009 and 2014 were the previous two vintages) but we certainly never shy away from taking it. Missing out on 2015 was not due to lack of effort on our part, for sure. This is one of the great Pinot Noir vineyards in America. This is a steeply pitched vineyard that resembles a cone. The farming is impeccable. It is on a hillside replete with some of the oldest and most noteworthy vineyards in Oregon, but beyond that it is on a hillside that is filled with people who love their vines and love this special place in Dundee. There is magic here for sure. In 2014 we were getting two sections of the vineyard, one that made structured, subtle wine and one that made wow wine. In 2016 we had to settle for the wow section. 27 year-old Pommard Clone vines on a very steep, southeast facing part of the slope planted at high-density produce intense, wonderful fruit. Low tonnage to the acre amped things up a bit as well. Two fermenters were done with 20% whole clusters and one with 100% whole clusters. They were assembled before bottling at those ratios. 17% new barrel was used with a combination of once to four times used to round out the barrel program. This wine wants to be perfect. It is youthful and jumpy right now. There is so much material roiling around with fruit and tannin sort of all over the place at the moment. Not unusual for great wines to begin at stages like this. This has power, concentration, dry extract, subtle spice undertones and enormous length to it. This is not necessarily a powerhouse but it just has so much to it that it is impossible not to think that there is profundity in this wine’s future.

Vintage2016
VarietalPinot Noir
AppellationDundee Hills
Alcohol14.10%
Volume9 liter
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