2017 PINOT NOIR
LA PEAU DES FESSES
VINEYARDS | Eola Springs, Temperance Hill
BLOCKs | Farmhouse Block (Eola Springs), Upper Bench Block (Temperance Hill)
cloneS | Pommard, Dijon 777 (TEMPERANCE HILL); own-rooted Pommard, WÄdenswil (EOLA SPRINGS)
APPELLATION | EOLA-AMITY HILLS
WINEMAKERS | Kate Norris AND Thomas Monroe
HARVEST DATE | october 4, 2017
BOTTLING | JANUARY 28, 2019
ALCOHOL | 13.8%
PRODUCTION | 60 BOTTLES / 5 cases
For our début at Willamette: the Pinot Noir Auction, we were compelled to look not only at our roots in Willamette Valley winemaking, but at the actual roots of the vines that have demonstrated the most nuance, character and influence during our careers here. Our first opportunity to make wine in Oregon was with the old vines of own-rooted Pommard from the Eola Springs Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills, a lieu consistently demonstrating its distinct marine sediment soils through a delicious brininess covered with supple red berries. Our love for the Eola-Amity Hills has led us to seek out partnerships with other great vineyards in the AVA, and notably (and with much honor) to one considered among the most distinct and sought after in the Valley, and the United States. We love the wines we produce from Temperance Hill, and are captivated by the truly unique vein of spice, structure, power and finesse it shares with all the amazing producers that work with its fruit. We couldn't resist the chance to blend of our two greatest Pinot noir vineyards for the first time ever. The result demonstrates the depth and command of Temperance Hill (60%) layered with the grace and savory soul of Eola Springs (40%). It speaks of the wines and the Oregon we love so much. It is a true one-of-a-kind.
Division Winemaking Company is a Portland, Oregon–based winery founded in 2010 by Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe. Inspired by the wineries of Loire, Beaujolais, Burgundy and the Northern Rhône where they first learned winemaking and viticulture, the urban winery creates Oregon and Washington wines including Pinot noir, Gamay, Chardonnay, Rosé, Chenin, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Côt, Syrah, Grenache and Sauvignon blanc. Determined to make approachable and balanced wines though minimal manipulation, the winemakers work with well-farmed, terroir expressive vineyards, many of which are organic and/or biodynamic, and celebrate the varieties the winemakers love to drink.