2016 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | Lias
block | 1999 planting
clone | 115
APPELLATION | chehalem mountains
WINEMAKER | Anne Hubatch
HARVEST DATE | SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
BOTTLING | DECEMBER 15, 2017
ALCOHOL | 14.2%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
Helioterra Wines is a small, artisan producer of Northwest wines. Our wines are pretty, elegant and graceful in style. Winemaker Anne Ebenretier Hubatch partners with exceptional Oregon and Washington vineyard growers to craft wines that demonstrate the best that the Northwest offers. Anne's winemaking style is focused and precise, yet with a gentle, minimalist approach. Our grapes are picked to capture peak flavor and fermented with little manipulation. Our reds are fermented with native yeasts and aged for a year in French oak barrels, unracked. Our whites are whole-cluster pressed and fermented with a variety of yeasts in a mix of neutral barrel, stainless steel and concrete egg. The name Helioterra draws on geological inspirations, symbolizing Heliolite, the Oregon state gemstone (more commonly known as Sun Stone). Helio and Terra combine the Greek words for sun and earth, natural partners for grape growing. Our block at Lias Vineyard was 115 planted in 1999 on 101-14 rootstock. Vine spacing is five feet with nine foot rows. Planting is on a bench that has a gentle southeast slope. Soil is a transitional section of the vineyard with some volcanic-origin Jory soil, but predominantly sedimentary soil. There are a lot of rocks and boulders in this section of the vineyard. While 115 clone is capable of producing a complete wine, the variability of soils and exposure in this block lends complexity to this single clonal election. This barrel #21 of Pinot noir was 20% whole cluster and native yeast fermented. It was pumped over once and then punched down once a day. It was then aged 13 months in a neutral French oak barrel. This wine is unfined and unfiltered.
Helioterra Wines is a small artisan producer of Northwest wines, made from exceptional regional vineyards, that are pretty, elegant and graceful in style. All our Pinot noirs are fermented with native yeasts and aged for a year, unracked, before bottling. Helioterra’s production focuses on three pillars: aromatic white wines, Pinot noir and Rhône red wines. As an undergraduate, Anne Hubatch studied geology at the UW–Madison. The name Helioterra draws on geological inspirations, symbolizing Heliolite, the Oregon state gemstone (more commonly known as Sun Stone). Helio and Terra combine the Greek words for sun and earth, natural partners for grape growing.