2016 PINOT NOIR
Barrel Auction Reserve
VINEYARD | van duzer estate
blocks | 12 Homestead, 9, 13
clones | Pommard, Wädenswil, Dijon 115
APPELLATION | willamette valley
WINEMAKER | Florent-Pierre Merlier
HARVEST DATES | SEPTEMBER 22–26, 2016
BOTTLING | february 26, 2018
ALCOHOL | 13.6%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
An explosion of berry-driven savory flavor paired with silky tannins framed around a lively acidity, this wine highlights the nearly perfect vintage and the racy Willamette Valley. The grapes were selected from the oldest blocks on the Van Duzer Estate, planted in 1983. We hand-picked and sorted the finest fruit to craft this Pinot noir to create a most memorable wine for the 2018 Willamette Pinot Noir Auction. It was aged in the finest French oak for 15 months.
Proprietors Carl and Marilynn Thoma were among the first to choose the foothills at the mouth of the Van Duzer Corridor to create their family estate in 1998, intrigued by the potential of the microclimate and its ability to produce evocative Pinot noir. Perched atop a knoll surrounded by vines on three sides, the site is situated in the gateway of the Corridor, a deep gap in the Oregon Coast Range that draws brisk air from the Pacific Ocean into the Willamette Valley. The flagship estate’s 83.7 planted acres are in the direct path of marine winds, and benefit from the cooling gusts that moderate the temperatures over the vineyard, guaranteeing a long, beneficial growing season year after year.