2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | OAK GROVE
blocks | 4, 5
clones | 114, 115
APPELLATION | Eola-Amity Hills
WINEMAKER | Steve Anderson
HARVEST DATES | OCTOBER 5–8, 2017
BOTTLING | FEBRUARY 16, 2019
ALCOHOL | 14.1%
PRODUCTION | 120 bottles / 10 cases
In 1982, Old World Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin blanc vines were among the first vines planted by the founders of Eola Hills Wine Cellars in their Oak Grove Vineyard. In the early 2000s, New World Pinot noir Clones 114 and 115 were grafted to the original rootstock, creating a bridge— or “pontem”—across the generations. The combination of the Eola-Amity Hills terroir, which is ideally suited for growing Pinot noir, and decades of stress, have resulted in a complex and unique fruit. The old and new come together in this dynamic, delicious and robust Pinot noir—a fitting salute to our founders.
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse could be seen directly above Eola Hills’ Oak Grove Vineyard—an unforgettable day for those who watched from the Eola-Amity Hills. This 2017 Pinot Noir Pontem is made even more special by the fact that the moon’s shadow passed over the ripening vines, turning a sunny day into night, if just for a few moments. So, join us in raising a glass to the sun, the moon, and all the forces that go into making a great wine.
In the early 1980s, Oregonian Tom Huggins found himself intrigued by the notion of creating great regional wines in the Willamette Valley. Tom convinced a handful of close friends and family members to transform a 35-acre wheat field into a vineyard, on a site he felt was ideal for growing grapes. Today, Eola Hills Wine Cellars is still locally owned and operated, and is one of Oregon’s largest wineries, farming more than 325 acres of prime vineyard land. Our goal is to make wines that we feel capture the spirit and flavors of Oregon. We hope that you enjoy them.