2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | durant
BLOCKS | Olivia Grace, Ava Roan
CLONE | Pommard
APPELLATION | dundee HILLS
WINEMAKER | Spencer Spetnagel
HARVEST DATES | OCTOBER 9–10, 2017
BOTTLING | NOVEMBER 2, 2018
ALCOHOL | 13.7%
PRODUCTION | 60 BOTTLES / 5 cases
This 100% Pommard Clone Pinot noir comes from our highest-elevation blocks at the 45-year-old estate of Durant Vineyards. The two blocks in this wine are named after Paul Durant’s daughters. Even though they are both Pommard, located right next to each other in the legendary Jory soil, they both bring unique attributes to the finished wine. This bottling is elegant, complex and generous, just like the two young ladies after whom the blocks are named. As with any “Sibling Rivalry,” when paired together you attain a harmony that is unrivaled. Cheers from Ava and Olivia to you.
As the daughters of fourth-generation Oregon farmer Paul Durant, Olivia and Ava have farming in their blood. Both enjoy spending their summers in the vineyard tending to the vines as their father and grandparents, Ken and Penny Durant, have done since 1973. Planted in 2007, the Olivia Grace and Ava Roan Blocks of Pinot noir were established to honor this new generation of budding viticulturists. These Pommard Clone sibling vineyard blocks sit side by side at the highest elevation of the property and are producing absolutely gorgeous fruit! Our special Willamette: the Pinot Noir Auction blend features 90% of the elegant and bright 2017 Olivia Grace Block with 10% of the complex and opulent 2017 Ava Roan Block.
First and foremost, the Durant Family strives to be viticulturists whose wines reflect careful farming and craftsmanship. As a founder in the Oregon wine industry, with our first plantings in 1973, our goal is to produce wines that reflect the tradition of high quality: 100% estate grown fruit, proudly labeled as Durant Vineyards. We are also grateful for the many years that we have spent producing Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot gris fruit for some of the best wineries in Oregon.