Our Heritage Cuvee is produced from Pinot Noir grapes grown in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Fruit from our four Heritage Vineyards are blended to create a Pinot Noir with complex flavors and textures from these diverse sites. This is when we began making wine from each of these remarkable sites. Freedom Hill-1992, Temperance Hill-1994, Shea-1994, Momtazi-2006.
The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in small stainless and Burgundy oak fermenters with no SO2, allowing the fermentations to process naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 22% of which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity and without fining.
Vintage Notes: 2019 had moderate spring weather followed by a wet June that extended into early July. Temperatures were mostly moderate during the summer with few heat spikes compared to vintages before or after 2019. Unfortunately higher humidity during the late summer brought significant mildew pressure at especially Temperance Hill and Momtazi vineyards where 1/3 of the fruit was removed because of disease. We began picking for sparkling wine on September 20th with Chardonnay following on September 23rd and 24th. The Pinot noir harvest began with Freedom Hill on September 26th and ended with the last block at Temperance Hill on October 12th. The fruit was mostly clean and ripe with nicely developed tannins. Cooler temperatures during picking resulted in wines with medium weight and good balance.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine will match well with a wide variety of medium weight foods: grilled salmon, lamb, pork tenderloin and pasta dishes with full-flavored preparations.
Release Date: Sep 2022; Production 67 cases