2016 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARDS | Arlyn, Dupee, Eola-Springs
clones | 4407, 943, 667
APPELLATION | mcminnville
WINEMAKER | Andy McVay
HARVEST DATES | SEPTEMBER 1–15, 2016
BOTTLING | DECEMBER 10, 2017
ALCOHOL | 14.2%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
The 2016 Cuvée 3 is a complex wine built on a simple concept of mine that a wine’s aroma and flavor should be balanced using three components: fruit, new oak and non-fruit complexity. I’ve used three vineyards, three clones and three AVAs in equal portions. Arlyn Vineyard (clone 4407) from the Chehalem Mountains AVA, aged in a neutral barrel, contributes bright red fruit aromatics and lighter body. Dupee Vineyard (clone 943), a younger site in the McMinnville AVA, was aged in new French oak. The 943 clone makes a dark, deep-colored wine with full, smooth body that supports the new oak. Eola Springs Vineyard (clone 667) was fermented on 25% whole clusters to add spicy non-fruit complexity, like combining Beaujolais Nouveau and the most ageworthy Cabernet Franc. It’s easy to make fruit-forward Pinot noir, but the depth found from non-fruit components makes the wine more entertaining. No vineyard stands out more than the other and with that balance the wine will be enjoyable young or with five or more years of age.
After 15 years of making award-winning wines for others, in 2002, Joe Dobbes started a winery bearing his own name. Dobbes Family Estate was founded with a great deal of sweat equity, optimism and conviction. Selecting fruit from premier vineyards in Oregon's Willamette and Rogue Valleys, the Burgundian-styled Dobbes wines are known for great structure, depth and opulence, without sacrificing balance or elegance. Today, a new generation continues on in the traditional winemaking style, while combining a “new world” flair that exemplifies the very essence of Oregon in every bottle. With each of our single-vineyard wines and masterful cuvées, winemaker Andy McVay is dedicated to handcrafting true wines of distinction.