2017 Pinot noir ~ Jessie James Vineyard
tasting notes subtle spice and floral aromas—fresh, concentrated, vibrant red fruit—energetic, taught and forward driven—structured, will become very complex with extended aging
ava Eola-Amity Hills
elevation 675 feet
aspect south-east, gentle to moderate slope
soils Volcanic Basalt, nekia series
vine age planted 1996
clonal selection Pommard and Wadenswil
farming Dry-Farmed, Organic management
harvest October 15, 2017
bottled April 24, 2019
cases produced 230
the Terroir The eola-Amity Hills is situated to the immediate east of the Van Duzer Corridor, the "air-conditioning" pathway through the Coast Range where marine air enters from the west and cools the Willamette Valley. the high-density (2,400 vines/acre), four acre planting of vines at Jessie James is on the east-facing side of the EA Hills at high elevation‒ripening here is very patient. Furthermore, the vineyard is in a rain shadow, allowing the grapes to reach peak maturity with less risk of botrytis rot, when‒as is not infrequent‒rains threaten the harvest in September and October. Lastly, the Nekia soil (shallow volcanic basalt) provides appropriate stress to the plants, resulting in sparse canopies and loose clusters with small berries and thick skins. The wines display exceptional depth and complexity of structure and fruit, with freshness and intensity. We lease and co-farm the vineyard with Beaux Freres, who share our passion and excitement for this vineyard owned by Jessica and James Lee, from whom the vineyard takes its name.
the Growing Season The Winter of 2017 brought a deluge of rain and the Spring was cool and wet, delaying bud break and then flowering. the Summer was generally dry and warm, sometimes hot. Critically, the Autumn returned to seasonably cool temps and several cycles of rain recharged the soil and refreshed the vines without causing significant rot issues. we began harvesting in the Willamette Valley on September 28 (Gewurztraminer) and finished with Gamay on October 30, twoto-three weeks later than average. The wines already display a wonderful balance of finesse, definition, generosity and depth, and they will certainly achieve greater subtlety over many years in the cellar.
notes on Winemaking picked October 15, 2017 at 23.4 brix, 3.3 pH. Fermentation in Macrobins (open top 1.5 ton) with 30% whole clusters/whole berries. 17 days total on skins. combination of pumpovers and punchdowns. Peak temps, 78 F. Pressed to Barrel, no settling. Aged 18 months (on lees for 12) in (50%) Oregon oak and (50%) French oak (only 10% new wood, mostly 2-10 year old barrels). Racked carefully and bottled on April 24, 2019, Unfined & Unfiltered.
about Martin Woods Our winery is secluded in the wooded foothills of oregon's coast range, within the mcminnville ava. We farm and partner with exceptional, late-ripening vineyards in the willamette valley to produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Gruner Veltliner and Rosé. We strive to make wine in the vineyard, to produce distinctive wines with an authentic sense-of-place. To this end we raise much of our wine in oregon