2016 PINOT NOIR
old vine chehalem mountain
VINEYARD | chehalem mountain
block | e1
clone | own-rooted pommard
APPELLATION | chehalem mountainS
WINEMAKER | Nicholas Keeler
HARVEST DATE | SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
BOTTLING | february 1, 2018
ALCOHOL | 13.5%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
This wine comes from a 1978 own-rooted planting from Dick Erath's first vineyard, Chehalem Mountain Vineyard. It underwent spontaneous fermentation in stainless and was aged 16 months in French oak.
Our focus is single vineyard–designate and small-lot Oregon Pinot noir, Chardonnay and skin-contact Pinot gris. We push the boundaries of our capabilities each and every vintage in order to do our best work at all times. The foundation for the wines begins with the highest quality grapes grown by family and friends who farm organic, biodynamic and own-rooted, old-vine vineyards.
Diligently managed spontaneous, whole-cluster and whole-grape fermentations are common. Fermentation and aging vessels include oak puncheons, oak uprights, jacketed stainless tanks, Italian amphorae and concrete eggs. The results are wines with increased textural and aromatic complexity. The wines are often over-vintaged in a combination of new and neutral extra-tight-grain French oak from the most prestigious forests. We have unique access because of winemaker Nicholas Keeler's work as North American sales director for Tonnellerie Allary. We strive to show the true character of each site and not over-manipulate the wine with impactful additions.