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2016 Balcombe Block 1B Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Dundee Hills     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 600’-650’       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990       CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard    

VINEYARD SIZE: 7.25-acre vineyard, 1.7-acre block     VINIFICATION: 60% whole cluster done in 2.5-ton open-top fermenters    

PICKING DATE: 9/20/16     TONS/ACRE: 1.7   

OWNERS: Joyce Cooke    PRODUCTION: 173 cases bottled

Wine Making and Notes:This is the most popular wine at Patricia Green Cellars. The Wine Club exists because of it. This block happens to produce wine utterly like anything else from the rest of the vineyard. It is darker, much more structured, more earth bound and deeper than the much higher toned fruit in the regular Balcombe Vineyard bottling. This block has been this different since our first time working with this site in 1997. Nothing has changed. We were able to do a fermentation that was done with 60% whole clusters and another with 20% whole clusters. Both went through a standard cold soak of about 5-6 days, one fermented in a single 2.5 ton open top fermenter, the other in a 1.75 ton and both were exclusively pigeaged 1x/day until dry and then pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. This spent a little less than a year in 12% new barrels along with a combination of one, two and three times used barrels. The whole cluster element lends spices and herbs to the super-darkly fruited nature of the wine creating depth and complexity. As usual, the wine is brooding in its youth and has incredible longevity. Tastings of the 1997 and 1998 bottlings (from the previous place of employ) over the past year revealed wines that were in tremendous shape. We are better at what we do now than we were then and the vineyard is nearly 30 years old now, not just getting to 10.  This section of the vineyard is a worker. It just cranks out an incredible wine every single year. Every year the vines get more mature and at 27 years of vine age are just entering full maturity. This is a gorgeous uber-rendition of Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.  In the past seven vintages (2008-2014) it has received scores of 93, 93, 93, 93, 93, 93 and 93 from Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.  *WINE CLUB ONLY

 

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2016 Balcombe Vineyard Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Dundee Hills      LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 600-650’      SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 7.25-acre vineyard      VINIFICATION: 1.75-ton open-top fermenters done with 20% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: 9/20/16      TONS/ACRE: 1.7

OWNERS: Joyce Cooke        MANAGED/FARMED BY: Patricia Green Cellars

Wine Making and Notes: The fruit was around 20% whole cluster fermentation, went through a standard cold soak of about 5-6 days, fermented in 1.75 ton open top fermenters and was pumped over 1x/day until fermentation began and then it was pigeaged 1x/day until going dry and then being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days at which point the wine went to barrel. This wine saw no new barrels and of the 16 selected for this bottling only 2 were even once used barrels. As mentioned earlier there are five sections of Balcombe Vineyard. Four of the sections are used to create the Balcombe Vineyard bottling. The section called 1B is separated out into a different bottling. The Balcombe Vineyard bottling is certainly the quintessential Dundee Hills Pinot Noir that we make. Ever since we first bottled it in 2000 this wine has been about how the texture and the flavor co-mingle to deliver the experience that is this wine. This is consistently floral on the nose with subtle elements of red-fruit and smoked meat. This wine has sneaky ageability to it since it does have such an approachable-when-young nature to it, but recent tastes of the 2001 and 2002 show those wines cruising along beautifully. Drink it for its lovely, youthful nature or save it because it will be a delicious treat 10+ years into the future.

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2016 Durant Vineyard, Bishop Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Dundee Hills     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1973      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 60-acre vineyard, 4-acre PGC block     VINIFICATION: Two 1.5-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole cluster and three fermenters done with 20% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: September 13th      TONS/ACRE: 2.1

OWNERS: The Durant Family    

Two fermenters of fruit were 100% de-stemmed and went through a normal cold soak of about 4 to 5 days and then was fermented in 1.75 ton open top fermenters and was punched down 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. Two other fermenters were done with 20% whole clusters, went through a standard cold soak of about 5-6 days, pumped over 1x/day until fermentation began and then was pigeaged 1x/day until dry and then pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days The wine spent about 10 months in barrel in 33% new oak. 5 and ½ barrels of the 20% whole cluster fermentation barrels were selected and 3 ½ from the 100% whole cluster fermentations. The combination allows for the forward, supple nature of Dundee Hill fruit to pour forth while being held tightly in check by the old vine, mineral-driven elements of the 100% whole cluster barrels. This is a wine that has old bones and sensibilities to it while still having the stuffing that Dundee Hill wines are known for.

These now monster vines were planted back in 1973 making them some of the oldest vines in Oregon and thus giving this bottling an historical aspect to it. 44 year-old vines in Oregon are exceptionally rare both because there was so little planted acreage back then and because some of that acreage has been re-planted due to phylloxera That this site and wine exist at all is somewhat of a minor miracle. In part due to this, this wine knows exactly what it wants to be. This is finesse, subtleness, elegance and discreet balance all backed up by a sneaky and looming firmness that comes on in the back of the wine. Only older vines make wines like this. This is not a wine that needs to make a dramatic entrance because all the work is done on the back end.

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2016 Estate Vineyard Old Vine Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Ribbon Ridge      LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’          SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard     VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard

VINIFICATION: From 0-50% whole cluster fermentations done in 1.75-ton open-top fermenters      

PICKING DATE: Mid-September           TONS/ACRE: 1.5-2.0

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars          PRODUCTION: 851 cases bottled

Site Characteristics:There are no vineyards we work with that are as difficult to summarize in a neat package than our Estate Vineyard. There are 18 sections of Pinot Noir based on vine age and clone (as well a section of Sauvignon Blanc), elevation ranging from 250’ to 475’. Pinot Noir plantings were done in ten different vintages ranging from as early as 1984 to as recent as 2010. The vineyard is mostly Pommard, but there is also 3 acres of Wadensvil, 3 acres of Dijon 114 and an acre of Dijon 777. Spacing varies from 5 x 6 to 5 x 8. Some blocks are inter-planted with every other row being of one age and every other a drastically different age. Two blocks are inter-planted with two rows of the same age followed by one row of a different age. To add an even greater level of confusion, the vast majority of the site (the 25 acres at the higher elevation) is planted directly on top of the hill with a 360-degree aspect to the vineyard. Then there is the geology of the site, which is made up of an extremely sandy Marine Sedimentary soil that sits atop a large bed of sandstone sub-soil with a water table that is very deep and highly mineralized. This is a unique site to say the least.

Wine Making and Notes: As the Estate vines tap their roots deep into the soft sub-soil they eventually make contact with the mineralized water on the property. This brings a whole new element to bear in the flavor and texture profile of the wine. This bottling comes from the original 1984 planting of Pommard which was fermented with 33% whole clusters, a 1987 planting of Chardonnay grafted to Pommard Clone in 1998, a 1990 planting of Pinot Gris that was grafted to Pommard in 2002 and a 1997 planting of Pommard on a steep west facing slope. Given the diversity within the vineyard (we have a 360 degree aspect on our hillside vineyard) and the range of vine age (20-33 years) we were able to pick at multiple different times and had fermentations that ranged from 100% de-stemmed to 50% whole cluster. The assemblage for this particular wine is always fascinating because you can see the wine come together as the elements from each block are added in. This wine is one of the few truly older vine bottlings that exists from Ribbon Ridge at this juncture and it shows how the best, older vineyards here have the capacity to translate the mineral laden nature of our water and soil into the refined, focused nature of the fruit we can grow here.

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2016 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Ribbon Ridge      LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450'          SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: 50% Pommard & 50% Dijon 777       VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard

VINIFICATION: Fermented in 1.75 open-top fermenters, 100% destemmed        PICKING DATE: 9/14/16 & 9/17/16

TONS/ACRE: 2             OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars

PRODUCTION: 355 cases bottled

Wine Making and Notes:This bottling has always been the powerful view of this vineyard site. The wine is dark in color, dense in earth-tinged dark fruits and relatively thick with tannins. However, as the vineyard has aged fewer blocks are still producing this style of wine that seems to be indicative of the young vines than the older one. This comes from just two blocks: a 1998 southwest facing planting of Pommard and a 2000 south facing planting of Dijon 777. The wine is two-thirds Pommard and one third Dijon 777. The fruit was 100% de-stemmed, went through a standard cold soak of about 4-7 days depending on the block, fermented in 1.75 ton open top fermenters and was punched down 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. This spent a little less than a year entirely in barrels that were previously used between three and six times so there is little to no oak influence in this wine.

These vines do not have the root depth of the significantly older sections of the vineyard and therefore do not necessarily feed upon and drink the same material. Since we dry farm these younger vines, even at 16-18 years of vine age they are still under a bit of duress. This leads to small, tight clusters and generally fairly thick skins. This gives the wine its trademark dark, almost purplish color and hefty, dense tannic structure. This is filled in quite easily by liqueur-like dark fruit. This can be a bit savage in nature when youthful but it comes around surprisingly quickly and, of course, is good for years and years.

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2016 Estate Vineyard, Bonshaw Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre

The Bonshaw Block is on the south slope of our Estate hillside, around 1.5 acres. We only harvested approximately 1.4 tons from this section of 100% old vine Pommard Clone. Needless to say, this vintage nailed it. This bottling has intensity and power with dark fruit notes, all while maintaining the classic Pinot Noir sweetness displayed when the block is on its game. What has always made this bottling stand out is the combination of texture and structure. This wine has a full, round, opulent palate, but at the same time it brings in forceful tannins so there is context to all its dimensions.

 

Production: 65 cases bottled

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2016 Estate Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Ribbon Ridge        LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’            SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

YEAR PLANTED: 1997   CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard, 3.1-acre Wadensvil block

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

PICKING DATE: 9/15/16       TONS/ACRE: 1.0

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars      PRODUCTION: 304 cases bottled

**Wine Club only

Wine Making and Notes:This 3.1 acre block in the very back of the vineyard was planted in 1997. When we bought the property in 2000 this section was had nearly quite had it. In July of 2000 this section was already entirely rife with yellow leaves. The plants were simply over-taxed from a large crop load in their first year of production followed by a dry summer and there was no hope that the fruit was going to ripen so it was all dropped off in hopes of rescuing the plants. Over the next several years this block was attended to with a special fury and the wine got incrementally better. By 2014 the block had made a complete transformations and was serving as one of the major components of the Estate Vineyard bottling.

In 2015 this took the step from very good to great. 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 (Olenik Vineyard, Wadensvil Block is also planted in marine soils). Wadensvil is a little later ripening, a little lighter, a little more elegant and just plain pretty and when combined with the minerally effect of marine soils it blossoms into a stunningly beautiful wine given the right conditions. 2015 was the beginning of what is sure to be a fascinating journey with the wine this block can produce. 2016 shows the forward progress that we feel is inevitable. All the fruit was fermented with 20% whole clusters to further coax aromatics, nuance and elegance from a clone already predisposed toward those aspects. The 2016 is a little more tense, wild, dark and restrained than the more open knit and larger scale (100% de-stemmed) 2015 version. The fruit is focused, the minerality in the soil is on display, the texture is Ribbon Ridge-y fine with firm tannins and everything works harmoniously. This is a terrific wine and this block is going to produce extraordinary wines over the coming years. Time to get on board before everyone knows that.

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2016 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Willamette Valley           LOCATION: Burnell Rd.  

ELEVATION: 500’                    SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 2000           CLONAL MATERIAL: Dijon Clone 115, Pommard, Coury Clone & Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, ~11-acre PGC block

VINIFICATION: Various: fermentations ranging from 0-100% in both 1.75- and 2.5-top open-top fermenters

PICKING DATE: 9/19/16            TONS/ACRE: Approx. 3.25

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee         

This bottling is comprised of 94% Dijon 115 across all three blocks. About 7% of those barrels were completely de-stemmed. Another 25% came from 100% whole cluster ferments with balance from barrels containing wine that had 20%-50% whole cluster fermentations. The Coury and Pommard round out the blend. This wine was in barrel for a little less than a year in 9% new oak and a combination of once-five times used barrels. This has the deep pigmentation, floral aromatics, intense mid-palate sweetness and structured finishing tannins that provide the wine with enough fortitude to hold the fruit sweetness well in check. This balances at a very high level. It is funny to us that this is our “regular” bottling of Freedom Hill simply due to the existence of our small clonal bottlings. By any measure this is a terrific, site-specific Pinot Noir from one of Oregon’s classic and historical vineyards. This has incredibly well-farmed material in it and it is a gorgeous wine with great intensity and balance. This is far from “regular” but nonetheless here at PGC that is what it is. Bang for the buck/Quality-to-price ratio/however you want to term it, this wine is off the charts. This has so much to it that it will drink well almost immediately but has an upside that is clearly well more than a decade away.

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2016 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Coury Clone Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Willamette Valley      LOCATION: Burnell Rd.  

ELEVATION: 500’               SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 2000      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Coury     VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, 1.1-acre PGC block

VINIFICATION: 2.5-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole cluster and 35% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: September 19th            TONS/ACRE: 3

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee     *Wine Club only

Wine Making and Notes: Coury Clone Pinot Noir has a fascinating background tale that is literally rooted in the earliest history of the Oregon wine industry. The short version is that Charles Coury submitted his master’s thesis for cool climate winegrowing to the University of California at Davis while studying in Alsace, France in 1964. He brought cuttings back to the U.S. when he returned that summer. From these small and straight forward beginnings the plantings and legend of the Coury Clone begins. For a full and detailed account of this very, very interesting agricultural story that was lost to history for some time please go to The Price of Pinot’s website (http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/1214/) and read for yourself.

This section of the vineyard was planted in 2000 and the cuttings came from the 1972 section of Coury Clone at Hyland Vineyard. What all this amounts to is that this is one of the most fascinating single wines we have ever made. Much like the Dijon 115 whole cluster fermenters, pumpovers were nearly the sole manner in which the one 2.5 ton fermenter was handled. We believe that the Coury clone, in particular, responded especially positively to this ultra-gentle handling. This wine just comes loaded with an array of non-fruit based flavors that all somehow contribute to the wine having a distinctly complex fruit and spice character. Even with about 50% whole cluster fermentation this is not a big wine or an overtly structured wine. This wine spent just under a year in 33% new barrel. This shows the flipside of Freedom Hill Vineyard which is known for power, intensity, sap-laden wines with lots of structure. This is graceful, aromatic and while it is intense it does so very discretely. Amongst the staff at Patricia Green Cellars this particular bottling is a distinct favorite.

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2016 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Dijon 115 Clone 50% Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Willamette Valley       LOCATION: Burnell Rd.  

ELEVATION: 500’                SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 2004       CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Dijon 115

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, 11-acre PGC block  

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

PICKING DATE: 9/19/16             TONS/ACRE: 2.9

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee       PRODUCTION: 432 cases bottled

Wine Making and Notes: As always this is simply perfect material from one single block of Dijon 115 Clone Pinot Noir (East Liberty Block) of the vineyard planted in 2004. This bottling has always emphasized the ability of whole cluster fementation to shine with fruit from this vineyard. Nine barrels came from 50% whole cluster ferments, 5 from 100% and 4 from 20% whole cluster ferments. This mix deftly mixes the more fruit forward aspects of lower whole cluster usage with the aromatic and complexity inherent to higher whole cluster ferments.  There are no new barrels on this wine and, in fact, there is only one barrel that was used just once previously. The bulk of the barrels used for this wine were completely neutral so to further enhance the incredible nature of this vineyard driven bottling. This has a strong, black-fruited tone to it with a range of flavors and spices mingling in for complexity. The tannins are sticky and firm and born entirely of the fruit. This wine will reward with a long life of aging, but will also be appreciated by fans of intense and sinewy Pinots in its youth.

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2016 Medici Vineyard Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Chehalem Mountains      LOCATION: Bell Rd.

SOIL TYPE: Jory                        YEAR PLANTED:1976, 1980

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard, Dijon 777             VINEYARD SIZE: 25+ acres

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

PICKING DATE: 9/16/16             TONS/ACRE: 1.25                 

OWNERS: Hal Medici                PRODUCTION: 161 cases bottled

This wine consists of 1976 planting of Pommard and a 1980 planting of Chardonnay that was grafted to Dijon 777 sometime in the 90s.  Consistency is great, however in this case it comes of the form of drastically limited material with which to work. Nonetheless we received enough to do a co-fermentation of the two clones in a 2.5 ton fermenter. A relatively quick fermentation was followed by a relatively long (by our standards) post-alcohol maceration to ensure that we were not missing anything. Pretty sure we did not. This wine is just so different than anything else we have. It has all the hallmarks of Jory soil wine from a textural standpoint (silky, super-fine tannins) but has a much darker fruit profile than the more red-fruit oriented Dundee Hills produce. It is a really unique and special wine from a terrific vineyard. This is historical and delicious. Two great things that go great together. We are privileged to work with such a great vineyard site.

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2016 Mysterious Pinot Noir 3 Litre

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.

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2016 Notorious Pinot Noir 3 Litre

In 2016 the eight selected barrels come from Balcombe Vineyard (2 barrels of Pommard planted in 1990 and fermented with 20% whole cluster and 60% whole cluster from Blocks 1A and 1B), Durant Vineyard-Bishop Block (1 barrel from 44 year old Pommard clone vines and fermented with 20% whole clusters) and the vineyard we moniker as Mysterious (a 1990 planting of Pommard done with 20% whole clusters). All three of these vineyards are planted in the Dundee Hills. 3 total barrels from Freedom Hill Vineyard (2 barrels from the Dijon 115 sections that were done with 50% and 100%whole cluster fermentations and 1 barrel from the Coury Clone block was done with 35% whole cluster). Freedom Hill Vineyard is located just outside of the Eola-Amity Hills. Lastly a barrel from the Lakeview Block in our Estate Vineyard was used (a 1997 planting of Pommard on the south slope of the hillside and done completely de-stemmed) to round out the blend.

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2016 Olenik Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Chehalem Mountains      LOCATION: Kings Grade Rd.

ELEVATION: 375’                       SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 1991              CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 32-acre vineyard, ~2.7-acre PGC Wadensvil block

VINIFICATION: 2 open-top 1.5 ton fermenters. One fermenter containing 100% de-stemmed fruit, the other containing 60% whole cluster fruit.

PICKING DATE: September 7th          TONS/ACRE: 0.85

OWNER: John Olenik                           PRODUCTION: 227 cases bottled

Wine Making and Notes: Wadensvil tends toward more elegant, high-toned and red-fruited wines while the sedimentary soil adds an element of structure and turns the wine distinctly toward a very mineral-driven mid-palate and finish. The ten barrels that make up this wine come equally from a fermentation that was done with 60% whole clusters and from a fermenter that was 100% de-stemmed. Despite the differences in the make-up of the fermentations the bins were both pigeaged 1x/day and pressed separately on the same day. The fruit that was fermented with 60% whole clusters emphasizes minerals, spices and back-palate structure all of which provide tension in the herb-laced red fruit. The de-stemmed barrels are a rush of sweet, feminine red fruit and a texture like velvet. This combination is one we have been using for the past couple of vintages in some form or another. The whole clusters give an incredible backbone to this wine that lends an austerity to this wine that benefits it not only down the road but in the here and now, allowing it to be the wine from the Chehalem Mountains that is the most elegant, graceful and refined of the bottlings. The wine is incredibly aromatic and floral but still allows for the back palate to be the guiding force in this wine.  *WINE CLUB ONLY

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