Barrels: 37% New French oak, 29% once-filled
Clones: 26% Dijon 777, 22% Pommard, 23 % Dijon 115, 17% Dijon 114, 12% Dijon 667
As we learn our vineyard, we have set aside 10 rows in each block as Reserve potential and maintain a yield of no more than 1.5 tons /acre. Barrels are selected according to clone and the final blend is determined by barrel selection. This fine tuning of the barrel and farming regimen is something we feel we are able to do because of our consistent fruit source.
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: 2014 Oregon Wine Awards - Grand Award of Excellence
92 points: PinotFile “The aromatics are engaging with scents of black cherry, blackberry and spice. Modest in weight but big in flavor with mouth coating tastes of dark stone fruits and berries, finishing with a delightful candied cherry note. The wine has balanced firm tannins and bright acidity for aging, with a welcome integration of oak. Not as open as the Estate bottling, but possesses more layered flavors and age ability.”
EXCELLENT! Wine Press NorthwestThis reserve-style Pinot Noir from high in the Chehalem Mountains is a smoky, spicy wine with aromas of strawberry and mild oak notes. On the palate, flavors of cherry and rhubarb pie are backed with moderate tannins. This is a wine to hide in the cellar for a few years.
88 Points: Wine Advocate “Surprisingly jellied, sweetly ripe elderberry and dark cherry, quite possibly due to the influence of its Dijon Clone 777 fruit. Mint and black tea add some interest to this straightforwardly fruity and buoyant Pinot.”