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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The Eola-Amity Hills AVA, which is located within the Willamette Valley, is home to
many of Oregon's finest Pinot Noir vineyards. During the growing season, ocean breezes push through the Van Duzer corridor in the Coastal Range maintaining a consistently cool climate that is the hallmark of all great Pinot Noir winegrowing regions. This climate, combined with the shallow, well-drained volcanic soils of the Willakenzie and Nekia soil series that dominate this area, are the primary reasons this viticultural area is emerging as one of the top winegrowing regions in North America.
Moderate crop levels combined with a warm growing season typified the 2008 vintage
in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley, and resulted in superb fruit quality
at harvest. Winemaking began with cluster sorting and destemming, after which
secondarily sorted whole berries underwent a prolonged cold soak, followed by gentle
fermentation in small batches. The resulting wine lots demonstrated diverse
personalities based on vineyard sites and clonal diversity; these qualities revealed
themselves further during 11 months of barrel aging in French oak barrels. Reductive
winemaking techniques helped further define and sculpt these wines. The final blend is
representative of the spirit of the AVA, with complex aromas and flavors, minerality
and plush-textured mouth feel.
"Refined, focused and elegant, weaving a strong mineral note through a chorus of blackberry, raspberry, pepper and floral flavors, mingling effortlessly on the extended finish. Drink now through 2018. 848 cases made."
Expression Wines represent a commitment to producing the finest Pinot Noir from the best sub-appellations on the West Coast.
Our vineyards at different latitudes represent different 'Expressions' of great Pinot Noir and our winemaker, Richard Sowalsky, is dedicated to crafting only the best wines from each region. Our winegrowing regions include the Santa Rita Hills (34°), the Sonoma Coast (38°), the Anderson Valley (39°), and the Eola-Amity Hills (44°) of Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...Read More About Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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