2018 BEST HAIRCUT IN THIS OR ANY UNIVERSE
Vineyards: Airlie Vineyards (50%), Hanson Vineyards (25%), Silvershot Vineyards (25%)
Appellation: Willamette Valley AVA
Harvest Dates: September 20, 2018 - October 4, 2018
Assemblage: 50% Müller-Thurgau, 25% Marechal Foch, 25% Pinot noir
Soils: Alluvial deposits, marine sedimentary, and decayed basalt
Final Alcohol: 13%
Production: 106 cases
Our Thoughts: Everyone knows Pinot noir is the darling grape of the Willamette Valley. But growing up here, we both remember (what are now far less fashionable) hybrid or crossed varieties planted throughout the valley as well. In pursuit of maximized profits promised through the increasing international stature of the region, many vineyards grafted over, or wholesale ripped out, these “lesser” varieties in favor of planting more and more Pinot noir.
Not only was it a challenge for us to find extant plantings of Müller and Marechal Foch, it was ironically difficult to find growers willing to part with the grapes, as they’ve achieved a kind of cult status among old-timers in the know. Simultaneously, wine industry classified ads piled up with cheap Pinot to offload as the state experienced another bumper crop vintage. So this wine is partly nostalgic for those more humble times, and partly “fuck you” to the preciousness of Pinot purity and its meta-monoculture.
We fermented everything carbonically for a few weeks, then pressed off everything into neutral barrel for a whopping month of aging before bottling in time to release for Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the third Thursday in November. We gave it a light plate-and-frame filtration (not our usual) to clear out the stubborn particulate from the Marechal Foch, and to keep the bottles from exploding.
Suggested Retail Price: $20