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The number one goal in blending the Willamette Cuvée is always a balanced wine. For the single vineyard wines the number one goal is trueness to location – we want to represent that vineyard even if it does have a little quirkiness.

With the Willamette Cuvée we have the freedom (or the daunting task) of picking amongst our barrels to find a combination that best suits our tastes for the particular vintage. For 2015 we stayed true to our love of delicate wines with bright acidity, however, the warmth of the 2015 vintage and the more forthright tannins from Lewman and Nuestro Sueño make for a more intense blend compared to 2014. This blend remains –unmistakably- a wine grown, vinted and blended by Akiko Shiba.

[215 cases, pH 3.44, 12% new French Oak, 13.5% ABV, 35 PPM Total SO2, Pommard, 114, 115 & 777 Clones, Willamette Valley AVA]

This is our third vintage with our Havlin block and our grapes developed much as they always do. Brightness and fresh fruit are present but not overwhelming. Trueness to location while maintaining delicacy and balance between the acidity and phenolics are the goals here. The Pommard brings complexity and character while the 115 & 777 add fruit, body and Pinot noir typicity. Mild acidity and low alcohol give the 2015 Havlin the widest range of food pairing capabilities.

[78 cases, pH 3.55, 20% new French Oak, 13% ABV, 39 PPM Total SO2, Pommard, 115 & 777 Clones
, Willamette Valley AVA]

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]

We made two barrels of this classic 115 Clone Pinot Noir -one in new French Oak and the other in neutral French Oak. Half of each barrel went into our 2014 Willamette Cuvee and the other halves went into this single vineyard bottling. The intense dark fruits and spices, dark color and strong body and tannins are balanced by a punchy tartness. Drink now or cellar for a decade.

[23 cases, pH 3.42, 18 months in 50% new French Oak, 13.9% ABV, 115 Clone, Eola-Amity Hills AVA]