Vineyard: The Original Vines vineyard contains the first plantings of Pinot Noir in Oregon and is 17.4 acres. Planted between 1966-1974 with Wadenswil and Pommard at an elevation of 260-410 feet. The vines for the Original Vines Pinot Noir are unfragted pre-Phylloxera plantings.
Orientation: South facing rolling east and west
Soil: Volcanic and basalt subsoils with granitic dust
Viticulture: Certified Organic vineyards and practices
Vinification: De-stemmed and fermented using all natives yeasts in a combination of tank and barrel. minimal racking, no fining or filtrering.
Aging: aged for 24 months in French oak barrels, 12% new
Production: 300 cases
Notes: A wine of breed, elegance and complexity. The Original Vines Pinot Noir is the most sensual and savory of the single vineyard wines with striking nuance and layers that enhance the delicate fruit qualities.
Publication: Wine advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Original Vines Reserve has a fragrant nose of rose petals and pomegranate over suggestions of anise, dried Mediterranean herbs, chargrill and fungi. Light-bodied and quite tightly-wound at this youthful stage, it has a great intensity of delicate red berry and earth flavors with chewy tannins and good persistence.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 95 (WE)
These are in fact the original Pinot Noir vines planted in the Willamette Valley, back in the mid-1960s. An explosion of sensory detail quickly opens up the wine, with pollen, sandalwood, sassafras and coffee grounds. Those flavors wrap around blackberry, licorice and cola, continuing to expand and explore the far reaches of the palate. Phylloxera may soon eliminate these vines, so don't wait to acquire a bit of history in a bottle. - Wine Enthusiast