Pinot Noir 2017
93 rating Prince of Pinot
Tasting Notes & Reviews
Prince of Pinot 93 Points
“A blend of three vineyards located about 1-2 miles from each other: Compton Family Farms Vineyard, planted in 1998, Hoot & Howl Vineyard planted in 1986, and Mary’s Peak Vineyard planted in 1977. Sedimentary soils. Light garnet color in the glass. Wonderfully perfumed with scents of red cherry, cranberry, strawberry and spice cabinet. Juicy and bright in a middleweight style featuring plenty of unctuous red fruit flavors annotated with spice and framed by suede tannins.” Score: 93
Pinot Noir 2016
92 rating Prince of Pinot
90 rating Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Prince of Pinot 92 Points
Sourced from multiple vineyards averaging 35 years of age and all dry-farmed located in the southern coastal foothills of the Willamette Valley. Clones are mostly Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon 115 planted in marine alluvial and sedimentary soils that typically show darker fruits, earth tones and heavier and chewier tannins.. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Subdued, but pleasant aromas of cherry, spice cake and fertile earth. Exuberant cherry dominates the fruit profile in a middleweight style with gracious tannins, cohesive acidity, and a cherry-drenched finish. Score: 92
13.8% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.62, 223 cases, $38.
2016 Vintage – Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
Spice, earth and bitter herb accent a core of tart, wild raspberry. At first sharp and penetrating, with phenolic highlights, it opens up and turns lightly buttery with ample aeration. The wine spent 18 months in French oak. Score: 90 pts
Wine making Notes
Old Vines from multiple vineyards averaging 35 years in age and all dry farmed. Pinot Noir Clones are mostly Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon 115.
The vineyards are set into the coastal foothills in Philomath Oregon. The vines are located near the base of Mary’s Peak which is a mountain in Benton County and is the highest peak in the Oregon Coast range. The Peak is a rain shadow for our vineyards.
Soils[Alluvial and Sedimentary loam] Marine sediment soils were laid down on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Alluvial soil – a fine-grained fertile soil deposited by water flowing over food plains or in river beds. Sedimentary soils are dry and brittle sedimentary soil makes for deep-rooted vines and structured dark wines. These soils drain quickly establishing a natural deficit-irrigation effect. Pinot noir wines from Marine Sedimentary Soils usually exhibiting a style showing the voluptuous and denser dark red berry and blue/black fruit with darker floral, earth tones, and bigger, heavier, and chewier tannins.
Small lot fermentation and hand punch-downs. After fermentation the wine was stored in French oak barrels for 18 months before being blended and bottled. Wines were bottled in Screwcap Closures to retain great fruit flavors and aromas.