2017 Rosé ~ Willamette Valley
strikingly fresh & floral with aeration—sweet red fruits, substantial weight, vibrant acid—dry, saline, umami texture—youthful
vineyards (ava) Havlin (Van Duzer Corridor), Tualatin Estate (willamette valley), McIvor (yamhill-carlton), Hyland (mcminnville)
cépages 40% Pinot noir (Havlin), 25% Gamay (Tualatin Estate),
25% Gewürztraminer (McIvor), 10% Riesling (Hyland)
soil Marine sedimentary (Havlin & McIvor), Loess (Tualatin Estate), Volcanic (Hyland)
vine age Hyland (45 years, own-rooted), McIvor (40 years, estimated, own-rooted), Tualatin Estate (14 years), Havlin (8 years)
cases produced 375
A blend of AVAs, soils and varietals showcasing the genuine cool-climate signature of the Willamette Valley.
Hyland, McIvor and Tualatin Estate vineyards are situated on the western edge of the valley in the foothills of the Coast Range mountains, where nighttime temperatures are especially cool. Havlin vineyard sits in the direct path of marine air blowing through the van duzer gap, making the Van Duzer Corridor the latest-ripening ava in Oregon.
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, two-to-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