2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | Twelve Oaks Estate
block | Louise Block 18.2
clone | Musigny M100
APPELLATION | chehalem mountains
WINEMAKER | Thomas Houseman
HARVEST DATE | OCTOBER 16, 2017
BOTTLING | FEBRUARY 24, 2019
ALCOHOL | 13.3%
PRODUCTION | 60 BOTTLES / 5 cases
Our favorite single barrel from 2017 was again the Musigny Selection Pinot Noir grown at our Twelve Oaks Estate Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The story of Gary Andrus smuggling this clone back to the United States, combined with the uniqueness of this barrel, convinced us of selecting this as our Auction wine again. It is a dark, brooding wine, with great acidity and flavors of blueberry, violets, lavender and pastilles. While it will certainly age well, gaining increased complexity and nuances, it is still soft and pretty enough to be consumed young. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Anne Amie Vineyards farms our two estate vineyards (Anne Amie Estate in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and Twelve Oaks Estate in the Chehalem Mountains AVA), both of which are LIVE-Certified Sustainable. We want each of our wines to express their variety, vineyard and vintage, so winemaker Thomas Houseman employs a light touch in the cellar, using small fermenters and focusing on indigenous yeast, gravity-flow, extended lees contact, modest amounts of new oak and bottle age to bring out the personality of our vineyards. Our goal is to produce elegant, terroir-driven wines that emphasize complexity over power.