Current Releases

2016 Willamette Cuvée

The 2016 vintage was an odd one for us. We had been working with Havlin Vineyard since our very first vintage in 2013, but in 2016 we did not enter into a contract with Havlin vineyard. For the 2016 Vintage we only worked with Nuestro Sueño and Lewman vineyards. The grapes at both vineyards ripened with ease over the warm summer and resulted in wines throughout the valley that were intense but smooth and well rounded. For 2016 we are releasing a single vineyard blend from both Nuestro Sueño and Lewman as well as our Willamette Cuvée.

Without Havlin fruit we knew that our Willamette Cuvée would again be unique from past vintages, and it is. It has a different flavor profile and a different structure than past years –as it should! It does, however, still have Akiko’s touch. Balancing the fruit, acid and tannin components and creating a smooth but firm structure are still her main goals for this blend and she achieved them.

[215 cases, pH 3.62, 100% French Oak (neutral and 3 fill), 13.6% ABV, Pommard, 114, 115 & 777 clones]

2016 Nuestro Sueño

This year was our second working with Tom at Nuestro Sueño and we applied everything that we’d learned in 2015. One of the things that we changed was that we fermented the 115 and 114 clones together. In previous years we had generally fermented clones individually for all vineyards, but we find that blending before fermentation creates tastier wines than blending after fermentation. As always there is blue-fruit (blueberries and plums) in the first whiff, but in the background there are some pretty floral tones (roses) and a hint of candied orange too. In the mouth the 2016 NSV is delicate and gentle, but still has incredible intensity.

[60 cases, pH 3.63, 100% French Oak (neutral and 3 fill), 13.5% ABV, 114 & 115 clones]

2016 Lewman

This year was also our second working with Dennis at Lewman. We added an additional block of Pommard clones to our previous blocks of 115 and 777. This tightly spaced, organically farmed vineyard with its extremely low head-height is always a handful to manage, but it produces fruit with punch and character that gives us our most strongly structured wines. The powerful dark fruits (dried dates and currants) and darker spices (cloves, star anise and even black pepper!) show just how different wines from the same grape varietal can taste from two different locations – locations that are less than 5 miles apart!

[50 cases, pH 3.59, 100% French Oak (neutral and 3 fill), 13.7% ABV, Pommard, 115 & 777 clones]

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 on their own roots in volcanic Nekia soil. The Barrett Hill single-vineyard wine is a blend of four barrels.

Pleasant earthy and mineral tones combine with herbal (eucalyptus), woodsy and floral (roses) notes to make this wine unique. It is, nonetheless, unmistakably Oregon Pinot noir and shows the red and black fruits typical of Oregon, but in this blend they are more the highlight than the headline.

[98 cases, pH 3.59, 17 months in 22% new French Oak, 13.5% ABV, Own-rooted Pommard Clone
, Willamette Valley AVA]