2017 rosé of pinot noir
vineyard source : la cantera (chehalem mountains ava) 90%+, Robinson & Covey Ridge (Willamette Valley)
alcohol : 11.8%
cases produced : 225
In classic Walnut City fashion, our 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir o ers gentle spring aromas of cherry blossom and citrus peel. Elegant oral accents waft in the margins of the eshier notes of wild strawberry and raspberry bramble. Just enough weight on the mid-palate lls out the prevailing acidity and mineral presence.
For our direct press rosé, the dedicated grapes are picked at lower ripeness than would be suitable for a red wine, and often among the first fruit in the building at the start of harvest. Pressed whole cluster, the juice settled overnight, then racked and fermented in barrel to enhance texture.
2017 Willamette valley pinot gris
vineyards sourced : yamhill springs (yamhill-carlton ava), confluence, Povery Bend & river heights (Willamette Valley)
alcohol : 12.9%
cases produced : 800
2017 was a departure from the eagerly early previous three vintages. Fruit set was atypically high, and even with moderate thinning, yields were plentiful. A hot, dry summer, that saw only a spot of rain in 90+ days, allowed for nearly uninterrupted ripening resulting in healthy clusters, and beautiful avor development.
Refreshing, bright, and dry–the 2017 vintage of our Pinot Gris personi es this classic Willamette Valley mainstay. Favoring a spectrum that emphasizes elegance and friendliness over width and weight, our Pinot Gris is casual but smartly capable of complimenting a range foods. From simple oven-roasted chicken to spicy Indian or Thai dishes, this wine is as versatile as it is delicious.
2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
vineyards sourced : La cantera (chehalem Mountains ava), sylvia's (eola-amity hills ava), yamhill springs (yamhill-carlton ava), Robinson (willamette Valley) & Four winds (Willamette Valley)
Alcohol : 13.9%
Cases Produced : 1,690
Following relatively ideal back-to-back vintages, 2016 had big shoes to fill. Harvest came even earlier than the previous year, while the days were still warm, sunny and long. Crops were healthy and balanced, yields were low, and flavors expressive. We enjoyed a picking window that spanned over a month for this wine, with Sylvia’s arriving first on the 27th of August and Four Winds, at 600+ feet in elevation, holding out until almost October.
Astounding energy and freshness accentuated by outgoing aromas of off-the-bush wild raspberries, springtime floral elements, sage and sandalwood. The palate is forward, juicy and approachable, brimming with flavors of sweet Hood strawberries and balanced with easy tannin and bright acidity. The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was structured perfectly for a gentle 10 month élevage in French oak barrels to add depth and texture while retaining its defining freshness and approachability.
2015 willamette valley riesling
vineyards sourced : McIvor (25+ yrs old) Landing Eagle (11 yrs old)
alcohol : 12.1%
residual sugar / irf profile : 1.8% / medium-dry
cases produced : 99
Hand harvested. Clusters are manually crushed, and left to soak on skins at 38 degrees for 48 hours before being pressed and cold settled. The juice is then racked to stainless steel tank, inoculated, and cold fermented for 6 weeks until the desired balance is reached.
The 2015 Willamette Valley Riesling is showing incredibly energetic primary fruit, akin to mandarin orange and dried apricot. The honeyed complexion and contribution from the extended skin contact adds unique breadth and width to the mid palate. As is the case with all fine Riesling, an ever present acidic snap does the heavy lifting from start to finish!
vineyard sourced : Jubilee vineyard (eola-amity hills ava)
alcohol : 13.4%
cases produced : 104
aging : 10 months in 100% neutral French oak
The beautifully clean fruit from this ideal year allowed us to be very gentle and unhurried. Hand harvested grapes were destemmed and punched down daily as the fermentations began slowly and uninoculated. After 23 days on the skins the wine was pressed. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
A long slow fermentation allowed for a very deep but gentle extraction. This becomes evident in the pure and lilting violet floral notes that introduce the wine. Brooding at first, the intensity and complexity of aroma builds with minutes in the glass until bright floral notes mix with dark boysenberry and cassis supported by earth and spice. The rich and generous palate sails effortlessly on to a long finish.
2014 reserve chardonnay
vineyard sourced : 50% Bunker Hill, 50% robinson vineyard
alcohol : 13.4%
cases produced : 100
aging : 10 months in French oak, less than 25% new
Elegant in style and approach, the 2014 Reserve Chardonnay offers a seamless balance elevated by multiple pick dates and the blending of 2 unique vineyard sites. Robinson Vineyard brings an effortless fruit-forward- ness to the resulting wines, defined by rounder, broader textures, upfront approachability and subtly more tropical aromas and flavors. Bunker Hill Vineyard lends sophisticated restraint, a Chablis-like tension in the stony citrus fruit and a complex mineral palate. Together the result is a wine that is expansive and rich on the attack, but tightens up some on the energetic finish. The Reserve Chardonnay is delicious right now, but poised with the ample structure and acidity to age beautifully.
2014 reserve pinot noir
vineyard sourced : 50% La Cantera (Chehalem Mountains AVA), 30 % Carlton Hill Vineyard (Yamhill-Carlton AVA), 20% Folie Hill Vineyard (Dundee Hills AVA)
alcohol : 13.4%
cases produced : 333
aging : 12 months in French oak barrels
2014 was marked by dry, warm weather. An effortless and early path through ripening resulted in abundant and remarkably balanced fruit. In the months that followed, it was clear that an exceptional Reserve Pinot Noir was taking shape.
An expressive nose of dried rose petal, tart cherry, wild strawberry and raspberry bramble stands prominently and in balance with a palate that is graciously ripe and balanced with bright acidity and a modest alcohol level. The weight and mouth feel are lifted and sleek with a generous, sweet mid-palate and very fine, evolved tannins on the finish. The Reserve is vibrant and energetic in its youth and will be eager to evolve in bottle over the next 8-10 years.
2014 La Cantera Vineyard pinot noir
vineyard sourced : la cantera vineyard, chehalem mountains ava
alcohol : 13.5%
cases produced : 110
aging : 15 months in 15% new French oak barrels
Some fermenters were completely destemmed and some were 100% whole cluster. 25% wholecluster in the final blend. All of the lots saw a 48 hour cold soak with daily pumpovers. The fermenters were warmed and continued uninoculated with twice daily foot treading on the whole cluster lots and punchdowns on the destemmed lots.
Depth and intensity defines the nose of the youthful 2014 La Cantera Vineyard Pinot Noir. The classic sweet spicy and dusty floral elements of this 30-year-old hilltop vineyard jump from the glass making a strong show of matching the layers of deep red cherry, pomegranate and bramble. Lovely clarity and elegance seem to balance the wildness and generosity of the fruit. An exciting, age-worthy, single-vineyard edition from our flagship vineyard!
2014 carlton hill vineyard pinot noir
vineyard sourced : carlton hill vineyard, yamhill-carlton ava
alcohol : 13.6%
cases produced : 124
aging : 18 months in French oak barrels
Carlton Hill Vineyard is beautifully situated 11-acre site in the heart of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Its east facing slopes pick up the first of the morning sun, lending gentle ripening and shady relief in the hot afternoons. CHV sits at an elevation ranging between 420 and 480 feet and is comprised of Willakenzie and Peavine soils.
Carlton Hill Vineyard consistently delivers standout Pinot Noir known for lending robust, deeply red-fruited characteristics to the resulting wines – and the 2014 is no exception! Its weaves powerfully exotic elements with youthful tension, no doubt making this wine fascinating to watch unfold as the months and years pass. We love how the flash and forwardness compliment the more rustic, finessed wines in our portfolio.