2019 Hyland Vineyard - Pinot noir

2019 Hyland Vineyard - Pinot noir


tasting notes

sweet cranberry, red rose, ponderosa bark, mulling spice—fresh, mouth-watering acidity & gentle, fine-grain tannin structure—medium frame, lithe and wonderfully elegant


ava McMinnville

elevation 600 ft

soils Volcanic Basalt (Jory series)

planted 1989, Self-Rooted Coury Selection from Alsace

farming Dry-Farmed, Organic management

harvest October 2, 2019 whole cluster: 30%

elevage 13 months in 228L, Average Barrel Age 4-5 years (8% new)

bottled Dec. 4, 2020, Unfined & Unfiltered, 13.2% Alc.

cases produced 296 (750ml x 12)


the Terroir

Hyland vineyard is one of the Willamette Valley's historic vineyards, planted in the early 1970s with clonal selections of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot noir that originated in Alsace. These vines are now referred to as "Coury" selections‒named for Charles Coury who sourced the cuttings. This block of Coury Pinot noir was planted selfrooted in 1989 in weathered volcanic soil overlying hard basalt. The vineyard is farmed organically and without irrigation. Hyland is situated on the shoulder of the van duzer gap, the "air-conditioning" pathway through the Coast Range where marine air enters from the west and cools the Willamette Valley. Persistent wind spills over this neighborhood, moderating temperatures and allowing for patient ripening and retention of fresh acidity. We find there is always a distinct textural elegance and freshness to this wine that delights us year after year.


the Growing Season

The weather in September and October largely determines the character of the vintage in the Willamette Valley. 2019 wasn't a particularly hot or cold growing season, nor particularly wet or dry. but conditions turned cool and moist in early September, slowing the pace of sugar accumulation while allowing phenolic ripeness to advance. We patiently waited through multiple storm cycles before the sun came out again and a beautiful picking window opened up in late September and early October. A smaller than average crop reached a ter