2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | Antica terra
APPELLATION | eola-amity hills
WINEMAKER | Maggie Harrison
HARVEST DATEs | SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 3, OCTOBER 6, 2017
BOTTLING | SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
ALCOHOL | 13.1%
PRODUCTION | 60 bottles / 5 cases
This singular selection represents the Antica Terra Vineyard in its purest form. Our inspiration came from Burgundy, where small producers would have often only one barrel from a small plot of Grand Cru vines and couldn’t bear to top it up with village-level wine. They would drop small rocks into the barrel to displace the wine and eliminate the headspace. We waded through Alder Creek and picked buckets of rocks from the clear, newly-melted glacial runoff. This barrel was topped with these rocks and thus remains the only wine made purely and wholly from our estate.
Antica Terra is an 11-acre vineyard located on a rocky hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The first vines were planted here in 1989 in a clearing within the oak savannah. The geology of the site is extremely unusual; in this place, the remains of a far older prehistoric seabed rise to the surface, leaving the vines to struggle, without topsoil, amongst a fractured mixture of sandstone sown with fossilized oyster shells.