2016 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | Meredith Mitchell
block | 2
clone | pommard
APPELLATION | mcminnville
WINEMAKERS | David Ulbricht and Todd Hamina
HARVEST DATE | SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
BOTTLING | january 15, 2018
ALCOHOL | 13.5%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
The nose offers bright ruby, red berry liqueur, cherry and floral pastille scents, along with suggestions of cola and musky herbs. The mouthfeel is smooth and broad, then tightens up in the middle palate, with vibrant red and dark berry flavors. This is a rich yet lively Pinot with dusty tannins sneaking in late and folding nicely into the wine's juicy, lingering fruit. The combination of own-rooted, mature vines and shallow, rocky, broken basalt and sedimentary soil consistently produces intense fruit with complex layers of aroma, flavor and structure.
SchöneTal Cellars (pronounced “Sch-Ü-na-tahl” and meaning "beautiful valley") is a small producer of Pinot noir, with fruit sourced from vineyards that showcase all the wonders of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After several years of assisting wine industry friends during harvest and through the winemaking process, David and Lori Ulbricht debuted their first release of Pinot noir, the 2014 Meredith Mitchell vineyard designate. Influenced by their twin daughters, for their passion of the earth and their respective studies in enology/viticulture and geology, our approach to winemaking begins with the belief that one lets the vine and the grapes express its natural eloquence, beauty and balance to unveil the terroir of the valley. As with our ideology towards winemaking, we source our fruit from the renowned (and now LIVE-certified sustainable and Salmon Safe) Meredith Mitchell Vineyard, located in the McMinnville AVA.