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2017 Willamette Cuvee Pinot noir Label

2017 Willamette Cuvée

For 2017 the gang is all back together again for one last tour - Havlin Vineyard, Nuestro Suenos Vineyard and Lewman Vineyard. Havlin is back in the mix for 2017 and brings the bright uplifted red-fruit tones, Lewman the brooding dark tones and Nuestro Sueno adds it own blue tones and herbal complexity. This vintage is, sadly, the final year of our contract with Lewman.

As is always the case with the Willamette Cuvee, we aim for balance when making this blend of barrels. After a couple of very intense -almost heavy- vintages in 2015 and 2016, the 2017 vintage comes across as delicate and refined already at this very young age. Right now it is a ready-to-go easy-drinker and it should develop into a thought-provoker over the next decade.

[312 cases, pH 3.43, 0% new French Oak, 13.5% ABV, Pommard, 114, 115 & 777 clones]

Retail $26 / bottle
Friends & Family Newsletter Price $20 / bottle

2018 Willamette Blanc White Blend

2018 Willamette Blanc

The Willamette Blanc is a white wine made from a blend of three different grapes: Auxerrois, Pinot gris and Pinot noir. 2018 was our second year working with the Auxerrois block at Havlin. The vineyard was a little more mature and so were we - we learned a lot about Auxerrois from the 2017 vintage. We had the picking timing on lock down, but the Auxerrois does some crazy things in the cellars. Like smelling disturbingly like pineapples and coconuts while fermenting. Great for Pina Colladas, not so great for white wine. Luckily those tones become a lot more subtle as fermentation comes to end. The end of fermentation is another thing we learne a lot about. The Auxerrois does not rush to finish fermentation. It dawdles and hesitates all through winter and most of spring. As soon as you stop paying daily attention to it, bam. It's done.

What about those other grapes? At the bottom of our block of 15 rows of Auxerrois there are 4 rows of Pinot gris that went into the mix. From an adjacent block we grabbed some early season Pinot noir. The end result is this white "field blend." Tart and refreshing this is as close as we'll get to a porch pounder.  A year of sitting on the lees in stainless and neutral French oak brings some heft to balance the strong acidity. It also provides some complexity and tannin structure.

[98 cases, pH 3.23, Stainless tank and Neutral French Oak, 11.7% ABV, Auxerrois (83%) with Pinot gris (8%) & Pinot noir (9%)]

Retail $19 / bottle
Friends & Family Newsletter Price $16 / bottle

2018 Havlin Single Vineyard Auxerrois Label

2018 Havlin Auxerrois

Originally, we hadn't planned on having two separate white wine offerings, but Akiko insisted that this tank was so unique that it needed to be bottled separately. The wine in this tank is from our second press load - we can only fit so much in our relatively small press. While the first press load was running we foot-crushed a these grapes and let them soak in the skins for about 6 hours.

That little bit of time on the skins totally changed how the juice fermented and how the wines tastes in the bottle. Although, it still did smell like pineapples and coconuts while fermenting, in the bottle this wine is more serious and more complex. It is completely dry, but low alcohol and good acidity keep the wine well balanced and easily drinkable.

[97 cases, pH 3.25, 11.4% ABV, Skin contact, Stainless tank, Auxerrois (100%)]

Retail $26 / bottle
Friends & Family Newsletter Price $20 / bottle

Spring Sampler Case

4 x 2017 Willamette Cuvée
Pinot noir
4 x 2018 Willamette Blanc white blend
4 x 2018 Havlin Single Vineyard Auxerrois

Spring Sampler Half Case

2 x 2017 Willamette Cuvée Pinot noir
2 x 2018 Willamette Blanc white blend
2 x 2018 Havlin Single Vineyard Auxerrois

Spring Sampler Quarter Case

1 x 2017 Willamette Cuvée Pinot noir
1 x 2018 Willamette Blanc white blend
1 x 2018 Havlin Single Vineyard Auxerrois