2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARDS | 35% Eola Springs, 30% Symonette, 25% Momtazi, 10% Dupee
clones | 667, 115, 114, 943
APPELLATION | WILLAMETTE VALLEY
WINEMAKER | Andy McVay
HARVEST DATES | OCTOBER 5–15, 2017
BOTTLING | July 19, 2018
ALCOHOL | 14.2%
PRODUCTION | 60 BOTTLES / 5 cases
A musical quartet is the combination of four instrumental voices that work together to keep perfect time and beautiful harmony. Taking inspiration from this concept, I created 2017 Quartet Pinot Noir to allow each vineyard to have its own voice yet take its cue from the others to create unity. Four vineyards—Eola Springs, Symonette, Momtazi and Dupee—act as a quartet, all with unique, cohesive contributions. Momtazi provides bass notes of structure, dark fruit and earth that transition into the full bodied, tenor tones of Eola-Springs with complex, brambly, whole cluster spice. Symonette chimes in with an alto’s grace; ripe fruit aromas and linear acid, topped with the lilting, floral, soprano accents and deep purple hue of Dupee’s 943 clone. This Pinot noir is a blend of two AVAs: two-thirds from the Eola Amity Hills and the balance from the McMinnville AVA, intentionally skirting the Dundee Hills, to embrace the rising potential of some of Oregon’s other growing regions. Finding harmony between vineyards is part of the art in winemaking for me that, combined with science and agriculture, defines the three pillars that support my passion for winemaking.
Dobbes Family Estate was founded in 2002 with a great deal of sweat equity, optimism and conviction. Selecting fruit from premier vineyards in Oregon's Willamette and Rogue Valleys, the Burgundian and Rhône-styled Dobbes wines are known for great structure, depth, balance and elegance. Today, a new generation continues on in our traditional winemaking style while incorporating a “New World” flair. Winemaker Andy McVay combines art, science and agriculture as the three pillars that support our commitment to winemaking. With this foundation, Andy’s intent is to craft wines that are complex and diverse and reflect the personality and typicity of their region while setting the stage for New World innovation.