2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | Quarter Mile Lane
block | 1
clones | Non-clonal heritage selection
APPELLATION | Chehalem Mountains
WINEMAKER | Gina Hennen
HARVEST DATE | SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
BOTTLING | October 3, 2018
ALCOHOL | 13.5%
PRODUCTION | 60 BOTTLES / 5 cases
In so many ways “The OG” encapsulates Adelsheim’s winemaking goals—creating finessed, ageworthy and multi-faceted wines that speak of the place where they were born. In the case of Quarter Mile Block 1, this wine is utterly unique. In fact, we’ve never tasted a wine quite like it. It comes from 44-year-old vines, planted around David Adelsheim’s home, right next to the first Adelsheim winery (i.e. the garage).
These are vines that have seen some things. Situated high up on the southern slopes of the Chehalem Mountains AVA on volcanic soils, Quarter Mile Lane is so uniquely itself—confidently displaying sweeping valley views, lovely red soils and a real sense of history. And while these OG plantings are a direct link to our origins, they are also carrying us into the future; we’ve taken cuttings from these old vines and planted them on rootstock, with more modern vineyard spacing, in numerous estate sites over the years. Tasting these younger blocks is like looking at a familiar object through a prism—slightly altered yet still recognizable.
Perennially, the cherished bit of wine we get from Block 1 at Quarter Mile Lane is a cellar favorite, and 2017 was no different.
Tasting Notes: This wine showcases a core of vibrant red cherry aromas with wisps of lavender and white pepper layered in. Those flavors carry through to the palate and are accompanied by an acid-driven tension and a tight core of structural tannin that will provide longevity to this wine.
Adelsheim Vineyard was founded in 1971 with an optimistic spirit and a lofty dream: to create world-class wines in an undiscovered wine region, the Chehalem Mountains. Among the first wave of Oregon wine pioneers, Adelsheim remains a benchmark for Willamette Valley Pinot noir and Chardonnay with most of the grapes now coming from our ten estate vineyards. The variations in the vineyard soils, elevations and meso-climates give us important differences in ripening times and in the flavors, tannins, sugars and acidities of the grapes, creating in our wine a distinct taste of place. In the winery, we are guided by traditional techniques and non-intervention, yet we are not afraid of experimentation to achieve high goals. In addition to making world-class wines, Adelsheim is a committed steward of its abundant land. This commitment is reflected in Adelsheim’s LIVE-Certified Sustainable vineyards and wines.