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2016 Estate Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc Magnum 1.5L

It was just basically time for this. We have fruit from other sources, our younger vines are producing enough to buffer the now Willamette bottling and the older vines are just at a different level than everything else at this point. Nothing wrong with a little exploration of site with Sauvignon Blanc. This wine differentiates itself from the Willamette bottling with deeper and richer fruit tones, denser mouthfeel and a stateliness to it that is quite noticeable. About 20% of the volume was aged in a new Acacia wood puncheon which contributes texture and a lemon merengue sort of flavor to the whole endeavor. This is very complex and different than your average Sauvignon Blanc.

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2016 Dry Muscat Ottonel

Muscat Ottonel  is a white wine grape variety that is a member of the Muscat family. It is most notable for its use in dessert wines from Austria, Romania, Croatia and Serbia as well as dry wines from Alsace and Hungary. We have produced this exotic varietal in a bone-dry style showcasing its elegance and fragrance of pear blossoms and white flowers. This is generally a lower acid grape and while it is far from high in acid it has a nice lift and snap to it that makes for a refreshing, almost thirst-quenching sort of beverage. 

VINOUS 90 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Dry Muscat Ottonel Oak Grove Vineyard 2016. Pale gold. Pear skin, lemon peel and fennel aromas show good depth and a zesty note of candied ginger. Silky and dry in the mouth, offering fresh orchard and citrus fruit flavors plus suggestions of vanilla and honeysuckle. Finishes tangy and firm, with an echoing floral note hanging on nicely. -- Josh Raynolds

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2017 Estate Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc Magnum 1.5L

The Estate Sauvignon Blanc especially is unlike any domestic wine of this variety folks have experienced previously. The inherent minerality that transfers from our marine soil into our older vines runs so pure and evident in this wine that it transforms the grape into something far greater than what people are expecting. This is a fascinating, delicious and very intense wine.

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2017 Estate Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc

The Estate Sauvignon Blanc especially is unlike any domestic wine of this variety folks have experienced previously. The inherent minerality that transfers from our marine soil into our older vines runs so pure and evident in this wine that it transforms the grape into something far greater than what people are expecting. This is a fascinating, delicious and very intense wine.

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2017 Willamette Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is only very lightly planted in Oregon with well less than 50 acres currently existing in the state and less than 30 in the Willamette Valley AVA. Despite its modest acreage this white varietal is as well suited for the geology and climate as the other most successful white varietals and far more conducive to be grown in Oregon than the ever-present weed known as Pinot Gris. Historically speaking, Sauvignon Blanc was given a shot prior to Pinot Gris taking over but a combination of poor growing and winemaking practices combined with poor sales of any Sauvignon Blanc (ever wonder why Mondavi calls it Fume Blanc?) led to a slow death spiral of the plantings in the state. Over the years we have combined our Estate fruit with a handful of other sites in the Willamette Valley however from 2008-2014 phyloxera in a couple of other sites limited our ability to produce much more than our own vineyard could grow and production tumbled into the mid-hundreds of cases the lion’s share of which was sold at the winery or to shops and restaurants in Oregon. In 2015 we re-acquired some fruit from one site and more than doubled our holdings in another allowing us to produce a bottling for distribution.

This bottling is made up of grapes planted in 2001 and 2002 from our Estate Vineyard in Ribbon Ridge, fruit from Oster Vineyard which is an older vineyard planted in the mid-1990s on the eastern side of the Willamette Valley past the town of Mt. Angel, from newer plantings (replacing the phyloxerated vines) from Oak Grove Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and from a section of Durant Vineyard in the Dundee Hills (this was previously a block of Pinot Gris that was planted in 1993). All wines were fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks other than about 1/3rd of the volume of the Durant which was done in both a new and once used Acacia wood puncheon. Three different yeast strains were used to help create different aromatic characteristics across the vineyards and thus greater complexity in the finished wine. Primary fermentations were finished in January, 2017 (the wines only went through a partial secondary fermentation and, thus, were sterile filtered) and the wines from the three sites were combined for fining (with clay), cold stabilization, filtration and bottling on April 17th-19th.

This is classic Sauvignon Blanc provided you do not think this variety should smell like cut grass and cat pee. This has high-toned and heavily fruited aromatics along with the tinge of straw and minerals which is what ripe Sauvignon Blanc should have as its varietal typicity. The strength of the aromatics resounds in the glass as the wine is deeply fruited with tropical notes at the entry giving way to apples with extremely crisp acidity on the finish. The wine is bright and fresh but retains an enormous amount of texture and richness without being heavy or taking away from its “summertime drinking” sort of nature. This will pair easily with a very wide range of food ranging from summer salads to denser white fish, sushi rolls and nigiri to spicier Asian influenced dishes, risottos with summer vegetables to chicken and pork done on the grill (and while grilling).

This bottling represents not only the largest bottling of Sauvignon Blanc we have ever made it also may be the largest bottling of Sauvignon Blanc in the history of the Oregon wine industry. At just under 2,000 cases that is not saying much but it is still something to at least acknowledge. Our production in 2017, with the Estate bottling included, is more than 50% of all the Sauvignon Blanc produced in the Willamette Valley.

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2015 Durant Vineyard Chardonnay Magnum 1.5 Litre

This has a terrific combination of richness, texture, fruit and acidity. The aromatics combine golden delicious apples, waffles and a light nutty character. The wine definitely has a density of texture but it is nicely cut with bright acidity making it serious and deft all at the same time. Currently there doesn’t seem to be any “signature style” to the new thinking of Oregon Chardonnay but many producers are shooting for something in a Chablis-like genre. Most assuredly this is not that. However, it is not heavy handed or cloying. We think this is a really, really lovely first effort that is immensely enjoyable and (we think) should do well over a decent period of years. We think you won’t want to wait on it though.

Production: 12 bottled

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2016 Durant Vineyard Chardonnay 5 Litre

This has a terrific combination of richness, texture, fruit and acidity. The aromatics combine golden delicious apples, waffles and a light nutty character. The wine definitely has a density of texture but it is nicely cut with bright acidity making it serious and deft all at the same time. Currently there doesn’t seem to be any “signature style” to the new thinking of Oregon Chardonnay but many producers are shooting for something in a Chablis-like genre. Most assuredly this is not that. However, it is not heavy handed or cloying. We think this is a really, really lovely first effort that is immensely enjoyable and (we think) should do well over a decent period of years. We think you won’t want to wait on it though.

Production: 2 bottled

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