2014 Shiba Wichern Cellars - Barrett Hill Vineyard
2014 Barrett Hill

Barrett Hill Vineyard is in South Salem above the Pettijohn Creek and is within the Willamette Valley AVA. The grapes are 30 year old Pommard clones growing in volcanic Nekia soil. We made 112 cases of Barrett Hill, which is four and one half barrels.

Pleasant earthy and mineral tones combine with other herbal, woody and floral (roses!) smells to make this wine unique. It is still unmistakably and in many shows the red and black fruits typical of an Oregon Pinot Noir, but it stands out for more than just its fruit.

Barrett Hill requires a little more thought when it comes to pairings, but it still does well with most traditional Pinot Noir partners. Hard cheeses, roasted veggies, nuts, cured meats; autumn foods are great with Barrett Hill.

Cellaring was pretty by-the-book: Destemmed grapes were cold soaked for 4 days. After that pigeage was done regularly and delestage occasionally. From picking to barrel down was about 6 weeks. Barrett Hill was bottled on March 27th 2016, which means it was in a mix of new (22%) and non-new French Oak for a little under 17 months.