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2016 Four Winds Pinot Noir


Four Winds Vineyard
100% Pommard clone planted in 1990
800 Feet elevation, own-rooted and dry farmed
Aged 20 months in mostly neutral French oak
No. of cases made: 100
13.3% abv

Four Winds Vineyard is located in the McMinnville Coast Range. The soils have a volcanic origin, primarily Saum, similar to Nekia, with a strip of Jory running along the northwest edge of the vineyard. They are made up of a rocky base of weathered basalt that was covered by wind-blown (colluvial) loam, which was derived from eroded basalt higher up in the coast range. As compared to other appellations in the Willamette Valley, these soils are uniquely shallow for winegrowing with low total available moisture. The resulting wines have pronounced leanness and mineral tones.

We just couldn’t let Four Winds Chardonnay have ALL the fun! After receiving two exceptional vintages of the Chardonnay from this vineyard we jumped at the opportunity to make wine from the Four Winds Pommard clone pinot noir in 2012. As it is for the Chardonnay, this 28 year old high elevation vineyard is ideal for fresh, acid driven and austere Pinot Noir.

Pure strawberry, saline and cinder happily greet the nose with this 2016, making it cheerful in its aromatic presentation. A mixture of whole cluster allure and pure fruit guides the expectation of a lifted and energetic wine. The mouth follows suit with linearity, tension and grace. Stone fruit, hard candy, mineral and trace amounts of oak make up a complex and complete mouth that doesn’t reveal all at once. Time is on the side of this Four Winds Pinot Noir. The old vine, own rooted Pommard has a say in all of this…precious little of that is left in Oregon. The bottom line integrity of this wine has the material to thank and we’re happy to let it steal the show!