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Apolloni Vineyards Barrel Select Pinot Noir (Willamette Barrel Auction) 2015

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
    14.5% ABV
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    14.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Our selected barrel is a single ferment of just the Pommard clone, sourced exclusively from our oldest vineyard site, named for our son Adolfo Filippo. With a south-facing slope, the wine captures the long hours of afternoon sun, showcasing the site’s characteristic dark fruit. LIVE Certified & aged for 16 months in a Seguin Moreau barrel, it opens in a beautiful perfume followed by a core of dark berry & blackberry fruit with hints of anise & exotic spice. This lively & energetic Pinot noir is bursting with bold robust structure & an expressive, long chocolate finish.

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    Apolloni Vineyards

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    Apolloni Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon
    Apolloni Vineyards, founded in 1999 by Laurine and Alfredo Apolloni, is located in the northernmost region of the Willamette Valley, just 25 miles west of downtown Portland. This location provides a unique microclimate, tucked up against the Oregon Coast Range, with primarily Laurelwood soils. Alfredo’s family winemaking tradition goes back over 150 years from northern Italy. Our vineyard and winery are LIVE Certified with a focus on producing wines that reflect the distinctive characteristics of our site, while showcasing the unique qualities of each vintage.

    Willamette Valley

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    One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a Mediterranean climate moderated by a Pacific Ocean influence, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture—warm and dry summers allow for steady, even ripening, and frost is rarely a risk during spring and winter.

    Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation, cooler vineyard sites. The three prominent soil types here create significant differences in wine styles between vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. Silty, loess soils are found in the Chehalem Mountains.

    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

    WVA275797_2015 Item# 275797