The 2017 Pinot noir, Villages Cuvée has robust sweet spice aromas with
lovely black cherry, smoky berry and dark rose notes. Juicy and pungent
flavors of dark cherry, wild strawberry, allspice, cinnamon with a touch of
smoke fill your mouth. Beautifully balanced with soft tannins and fresh
acidity, the finish slowly fades into supple dried fruit and spices. Still young
now the wine will fill out through the winter and into the spring. This is my
favorite wine for thanksgiving and flavorful white meat dishes. It is just as
good with burgers, brats and pizza. Enjoy now through 2022.
Our Villages Cuvée is produced from Pinot noir grapes grown in Oregon’s
northern Willamette Valley. At its core are grapes grown at Zenith
Vineyard, a cool site on thin volcanic soil located in the hills south of Salem,
Oregon. Fruit from other sites are blended to create a Pinot noir that
complements rich white meat and fish dishes. To enhance this match, we
blend to maximize both the spectrum of flavors and length on the palate
while minimizing the use of new oak. The composition for this bottling is:
Vitae Springs Vineyard 14%, Zenith Vineyard 40%, Freedom Hill Vineyard
12%, Temperance Hill Vineyard 10%, Shea Vineyard 10% and Momtazi Vineyard 14%.
The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in small stainless and Burgundy oak
fermenter with no SO2, allowing fermentations to proceed naturally. After
gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 13% of
which were new, for 12 months before bottling by gravity without fining.
Food Pairing Notes
Salmon, quail, pork tenderloin and pasta dishes with full-favored preparations.