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2016 Durant Vineyard, Bishop Block Pinot Noir Magnum

Appellation:Dundee Hills       Location: Breyman Orchard Rd.

Elevation:500’                         Soil Type: Jory

Year Planted:1973                 Clonal Material: 100% Pommard

Size:Vineyard 60 acres/PGC Blocks total 4 acres

Vinification:2 open-top 1.5 ton fermenters done with 100% whole clusters and 3 fermenters done with 20% whole clusters

Picking Date:September 13    Tons/Acre: 2.1

This is old school Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. The elegance is based on the vine age of 40+ years. Very few wineries in Oregon have a wide range of plantings dating back into the 1980s let alone back into the 1970s. The Durants were truly pioneers when they planted this section of the vineyard in 1973. Their farming, presence and healthy energy is as much a part of this vineyard’s terroir as is the soil and air. The wine that comes from this block reflects that individuality perhaps more so than any wine in the cellar. It knows what it wants to be from the get go the day the fruit comes through the door. This bottling will be chosen from 20% and 100% whole cluster fermentations. Red fruited with spices associated with the Dundee Hills, but a distinct minerality only found with older vines. Expect to find an introspective and soulful wine that is both concentrated and deft at the same time

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2016 Balcombe Block 1B Pinot Noir Magnum

Appellation:Dundee Hills       Location: Breyman Orchard Rd.

Elevation:600’                         Soil Type: Jory

Year Planted:1990                 Clonal Material: 100% Pommard

Size:Vineyard 7.75 acres/Block 1B 1.5 acres

Vinification:60% whole cluster in an open-top 2.5 ton fermenter

Picking Date:September 20    Tons/Acre: 1.80

By specific measure, this is the 20th bottling of Block 1B bottling from Balcombe Vineyard. That does pre-date the inception of PGC, but that only goes to show that this vineyard has stayed with us over the course of two wineries and continues to prove its remarkable consistency every year. Block 1B is a small block that produces only around 8 barrels per year and is the most popular wine we make each vintage. This wine, as always, is dense and burly with surprising power and grip to it for a Dundee Hills wine. Its youthful power serves this bottling well. A recently tasted bottle of the 1998 vintage was incredible! Extremely powerful and distinctly structured, this is a wine for the long term. Due to its long history and limited production, this wine is offered on futures only to Club Members.

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2016 Estate Vineyard, Etzel Block Pinot Noir Magnum

Appellation:Ribbon Ridge       Location: North Valley Rd.

Elevation:400’-475’                  Soil Type: Wellsdale

Year Planted:1987                   Clonal Material: Pommard and Dijon114

Size:Vineyard 30 acres/East Etzel 2.25 acres

Vinification:Two 1.5 ton open-top fermenters. The fermenter containing the Dijon 114 was 50% whole cluster fruit, the one with the Pommard was 20% whole cluster fruit.

Picking Date:September 14    Tons/Acre: 1.76

Planted on a north/northwest slope in 1986 this is the second oldest block in the vineyard. It is called the Etzel block since it faces our neighbor’s (Mike Etzel) property and we wanted to honor him and his distinct contributions to this particular part of the wine growing region. We have been using elements from both the 1986 Pommard planting and the 2001 Dijon 114 planting since 2014 and it has resulted in strong wines with deep personalities. The younger vines are coming into a fun age where the wines, when done well, have a special, energetic quality. The older Pommard brings that nuanced, earthy, quartzy-laced fruit to the table and the two combine in a way that is completely unique. Structured black fruit sets the tone in this wine with a tendency toward the earth driven shades finishing with an aromatic twist that is impossible to resist. 

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2016 Estate Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir Magnum

Appellation:Ribbon Ridge       Location: North Valley Rd.

Elevation:450’                         Soil Type: Wellsdale

Year Planted:1997                 Clonal Material: 100% Wadensvil

Size:Vineyard 30 acres/Wadensvil block 3.1 acres

Vinification:3 open-top 1.5 ton fermenters done with 20% whole clusters

Picking Date:September 15    Tons/Acre: 1.0

 
This 3.1 acre block in the very back of the vineyard was planted in 1997. We have long believed that Wadensvil planted in marine 
soils produced some of the best wines in the cellar, the only problem is finding it outside of our vineyard. Wadensvil is a little later ripening, a little lighter, more elegant and just plain pretty. When combined with the minerality in marine soils, it blossoms into a stunningly beautiful wine given the right conditions. This wine is incredibly pure and fruit driven with penetrating aromatics. The fruit is sweet in nature, but savory in character with a tremendous balance of acidity and tannins. The inherently structured character of the wine is a true reflection of our estate vineyard. This will be a gorgeous wine for years to come.  
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2016 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Dijon 115 Clone 50% Whole Cluster Pinot Noir Magnum

Appellation:Willamette Valley  Location: Burnell Rd.

Elevation:500’                             Soil Type: Bellpine

Year Planted:2004                     Clonal Material: 100% Dijon 115

Size:Vineyard 85 acres/PGC Blocks total 11 acres

Vinification:50% and 100% whole cluster fermentations done in 1.5 ton open-top fermenters.

Picking Date:September 19     Tons/Acre: 2.9

 Simply perfect material from the East Liberty Block of the vineyard planted in 2004. From 2012-2014 this was a selection of barrels from 50% whole cluster fermentations. In 2015 we included a small amount of barrels from 100% whole cluster fermentations (which we are doing much more commonly now) and in 2016 there will likely be a relatively equal distribution of 50% and 100% whole cluster fermentation barrels. We are finding that the natural tendency of this block is towards structured and dark-hearted wines. With the increased use of 100% whole cluster fermentations it shows higher-toned tendencies. The flavor profile walks the line between red and black fruits with distinct earth and mineral tones. It is firmly structured, but with incredibly fine, ripe tannins. One of the most suave and interesting wines we produce each year with high praises from the wine writers.

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2016 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir Magnum

Appellation:Willamette Valley  Location: Burnell Rd.

Elevation:500’                            Soil Type: Bellpine

Year Planted:2001                    Clonal Material: 100% Pommard

Size:Vineyard 85 acres/PGC Blocks total 11 acres

Vinification:One 2.5 ton open-top fermenter with 100% de-stemmed fruit.

Picking Date:September 19    Tons/Acre: 2.65

This is where our bread is buttered. We work with Pommard clone more than any other clone. There is something to Pommard that makes it not only stand out, but has the capacity to stand on its own as a complete wine. Of the three clonal designated wines we bottle from the site, this one seems to capture what may be the historical view of Freedom Hill Vineyard. This section of the vineyard was re-planted in 2001 and this is the only block of Freedom Hill Vineyard where we do not use any whole clusters in the fermentation. This wine shows savory tones mixed with wild, brambly fruits on the nose and drinks at a high-pitched level with bright, crunchy red fruits, earth-born characteristics and a distinct spicy note on the finish.

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2016 Medici Vineyard Pinot Noir Magnum

Appellation:Chehalem Mountain   Location: Bell Rd.

Elevation:800’                         Soil Type: Jory

Year Planted:1976 and 1980  Clonal Material: Pommard and Dijon 777

Size:Vineyard 25 acres/PGC Blocks total 2 acres

Vinification:One 2.5 ton open-top fermenter 100% de-stemmed

Picking Date:September 16    Tons/Acre: 1.3
 
This is one of the most historically heralded vineyards in Oregon. Originally planted in 1976 on a steep hillside above Bell Road, this vineyard was daring for its pitch, elevation and for the fact that it was well outside of the Dundee Hills where the vast majority of quality vineyards were being planted at the time. The 2016 bottling is a humbling tribute to just how good Medici Vineyard actually is. A spring storm cut yields severely and the clusters were compressed. From a visual perspective this fruit looked quite underwhelming when it arrived at the winery. There was so little fruit that we combined the 1976 planting of Pommard and the 1980 planting of Dijon 777 in equal parts into a 2.5 ton fermenter. Despite our best efforts at having a normal fermentation the fruit had other plans and started fermenting after less than 48 hours and finished fermentation in about a week. Regardless of this much quicker than normal activity the wine is incredibly intense, focused and beautifully complex. While having the red fruits associated with volcanic soils and higher elevations this wine subtly incorporates some blue fruit tones into the mix especially as the tannins build in the back of the wine. As much as our wines are pure products of their place this wine manages to capture the characteristics and personality of the site. Only 7 barrels made.
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2016 Mysterious Pinot Noir Magnum

AVA:Dundee Hills       Location: Worden Hill Rd.

Elevation:425’                         Soil Type: Jory

Year Planted:1990                 Clonal Material: 100% Pommard

Size:PGC block 3.5 acres

Vinification:2 fermenters were 1.5 ton open-top done with 20% whole clusters, 1 fermenter was 1.5 ton open-top with 100% whole clusters.

Picking Date:September 15    Tons/Acre: 1.45

 This is the third vintage where we have managed to land fruit from this amazing Dundee Hills vineyard. The last vintage we bottled, 2014, recently received a 94 from Josh Raynolds of Vinous.com making it one of the highest scoring wines of the vintage. Unfortunately, we did not have access to the fruit in 2015 but we were able to get back into this gorgeous, older vineyard in 2016. As always, we are contractually not allowed to tell you the name of this vineyard as we sign a non-disclosure agreement with the fruit purchase agreement. We suffer this inconvenience since this is one of the great Pinot Noir vineyards in the United States. One thing does differ between the 2016 bottling and the 2014 and that is the composition of the wine. This year the wine will be composed entirely from a 1990 planting of Pommard in the upper part of the vineyard. This section gave the 2014 bottling it’s dramatic dimensions so expect nothing but a high-wire drama production from the 2016. This has a core of red and black fruit wrapped in a tight web on tannin and spice. This is deeply infused with concentrated fruits and coated with gorgeous tannins coming from 20% and 100% whole cluster fermentations this wine is loaded with everything that makes Dundee Hills’ Pinot Noirs incredibly exciting when they are at their best.

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2016 Olenik Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir Magnum

Appellation:Chehalem Mountains          Location: Kings Grade Rd.

Elevation:375’                                             Soil Type: Willakenzie

Year Planted:1991                                     Clonal Material: 100% Wadensvil

Size:Vineyard 32 acres/1991 Wadensvil Block 2.7 acres

Vinification:Two 1.5 ton open-top fermenters. One fermenter containing 100% de-stemmed fruit, the other 60% whole cluster fruit.

Picking Date:September 7                  Tons/Acre: 0.85

We landed in this terrific vineyard just down the road from us in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in 2009. Since we began bottling this wine seven years ago this has been a perennial personal favorite. We love the interaction of the Wadensvil clone with the sandy/rocky marine soils. This is a great combination of sweet, floral red fruit and distinct minerality, which leads to silky texture and dimension. A terrific bottling from this site and a great “crossover” Pinot for those who prefer either the sweet red fruit of the Dundee Hills or the more minerally/earthy wines from Ribbon Ridge. Violet tones, wet rock and spice lay on the outer shell of the currant fruit qualities. The 2016 will balance the de-stemmed and whole cluster aspects at a one to one ratio making for a unique wine that is incredibly elegant, aromatic and suave. This is a high concept, sophisticated Pinot Noir.

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2016 Weber Vineyard Pinot Noir Magnum

Appellation: Dundee Hills       Location: Worden Hill Rd.

Elevation: 450’                         Soil Type: Jory

Year Planted:1978                 Clonal Material: 100% Pommard

Size:Vineyard 31 acres/PGC block ~3 acres

Vinification:2 open-top 1.5 ton fermenters done with 100% whole clusters and 3 fermenters done with 20% whole clusters

Picking Date:September 20    Tons/Acre: 3.25

Within the halls of the winery, there is not much doubt amongst the folks here that the best wine of the 2015 vintage was the Weber Vineyard bottling. There is also little if any doubt that the 2016 version is even better. This is our 12th year getting fruit from this site and our block of Pommard is now 39 years old. We feel what gave the 2015 its extra special quality was the inclusion of 4 barrels (out of 13 total) from a 100% whole cluster fermentation. We doubled down, literally, on that in 2016 as well as using 20% whole cluster inclusions on the other fermentations. There are a wealth of possible combinations of barrels to create the final blend for the bottling and we will be choosing from the most aromatic, poignant and truly “typical Oregon” Pinots in the cellar. Incredible intensity with an interplay of red and dark fruit with a bounty of spices and an incredibly long finish. Wines like this don’t happen all that often, at least not yet.

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