2016 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | Twelve Oaks Estate
APPELLATION | chehalem mountains
WINEMAKER | Thomas Houseman
HARVEST DATE | SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
BOTTLING | may 1, 2018
ALCOHOL | 13.5%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
Our favorite single barrel from 2016 was Musigny-clone 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 to select this as our auction wine. 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) sustainably according to LIVE certification. 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.