2016 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | Willow Creek
blocks | 1A, 2A, 3A
clones | 777, 115, 114 (equal parts)
APPELLATION | willamette valley
WINEMAKER | Trevor Chlanda
HARVEST DATES | SEPTEMBER 5–10, 2016
BOTTLING | DECEMBER 20, 2017
ALCOHOL | 14.2%
PRODUCTION | 10 cases
Named for the dichotomy the fruit from our Willow Creek vineyard presents, the 2016 Velvet Fury Pinot noir is both sensual and a full-throttle explosion of power on the palate. Made exclusively from three barrels (one from each of the 777, 115 and 114 clones), this single-vineyard blend does not shy away from the aromas and flavors of cherry fruit leather, black raspberry coulis and plums. The wine glides around the palate, yet is textural and structured, framed by the French oak barrels (66% new) in which it was aged for 14 months.
Originally from California, Doug and Jo Ann Fries moved their family to Sunriver, Oregon, in the early 1980s. In 1984, they purchased property in Dundee, Oregon, where they planted a 500-acre hazelnut orchard along with a small 13-acre vineyard with the hopes of producing a few hundred cases of their own wine. In 1993, Duck Pond Cellars opened its doors for the first time, named in honor of the family home on Sunriver’s Duck Pond Lane. We remain a family–owned and operated winery, and our dedication to providing quality wines has never wavered in our 25 years of business.