2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | van duzer
blocks | Mixed blocks from the historical vineyard (own-rooted and planted in 1983)
clones | Pommard, Wädenswil, Dijon 115
APPELLATION | Van Duzer Corridor
WINEMAKER | Florent-Pierre Merlier
HARVEST DATES | OCTOBER 9–13, 2017
BOTTLING | february 19, 2019
ALCOHOL | 13.6%
PRODUCTION | 60 BOTTLES / 5 cases
An explosion of berry-driven savory flavor paired with silky tannins and framed around a lively acidity, this wine highlights the perfect vintage and the prime location at the mouth of the Van Duzer Corridor. 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 a most memorable wine for the 2019 Willamette Pinot Noir Auction. Zephyra’s Tears 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.