The Willamette Valley of Oregon stretches nearly 160 miles from the Columbia River Gorge down to the Eugene area - a large, diverse scope. However, it is in the North Valley of this region that all of the recognized sub-appellations are clustered - where the finest “Cru” quality vineyard sites are located. We explore the considerable diversity of this region by focusing on engaged partnerships with farmers committed to certified, sustainable farming practices, with the goal of producing outstanding wines that reflect distinctive personality and style.
It is from the rolling hillsides and diverse soils of the North Valley that veteran winegrowers James Cahill and Tony Soter, along with North Valley partner, Michelle Soter, source certified sustainable vineyards of real "Cru" quality for these personality-driven wines. Meticulous, hands-on attention to farming practices throughout the growing season from flowering through harvest, and minimal handling in the winery, assures a resulting level of quality normally associated exclusively with estate grown wines - in fact, we think of each vineyard site we work with as if it were a "satellite estate property", as a statement of our genuine commitment to making the best wines that we can.
Aromas of ripe, dark fruits like blackberry and black cherry dominate, with both floral (violets) and earthy elements, baking spice, and traces of earth and char-like wood smoke. Bright on entry, with ample presence and drive. Flavors of blackberry and plum dominate with a hint of sage and brown butter, and a sanguine quality of roasted meat on a broad framework. Fruit, freshness and mineral persist nicely with good grip and texture from the fine tannins.
10 months in French oak barrels
11% new oak