Limited Addition Trousseau Gamay Noir Pinot Noir Eola Springs Vineyard 2021
A thrilling new red blend from the Eola Springs vineyard planted on sedimentary and volcanic soils. Farming is dry grown LIVE ASPECT NorthWest/400ft with organic practices and no till. Elevage is in neutral oak barrels and tank.
We believe this blend is the future for the Willamette Valley red wine for producers who want to work in the cellar without additions and adjustments to the fruit. It is for this reason that this wine is considered our flagship red wine. While this wine comes from a single vineyard, we are continuing to work with farmers throughout the valley to plant these varieties together for us.
This blend allows us to work with Pinot noir, as its authentic self, in the high acid soils of the Willamette Valley the varieties pH can skyrocket as it approaches ripeness. By utilizing Gamay noir (which in the Willamette gives vibrant low pH wines with ample acidity and deep color) and Trousseau to bring fruit and earth tones of beets and rhubarb without weight to the palate.
Trousseau begins the fermentation for our red blend from here we compound ferment adding Pinot noir and then finally Gamay noir. Trousseau is renowned for rapidly accelerating in sugars once it reaches about 20 brix and within 48 hours the variety can reach 24 brix, so we pay a lot of attention to this grape in the vineyard.
This block is one of the lowest parts of Eola Springs by design as it is one of the wettest coolest parts of the vineyard which suits this early ripening variety that tends to higher pH, this is a way to curb its enthusiasm. The clone is the Portuguese clone of Trousseau, known as Bastardo or clone 10. Having worked with several clones of Trousseau across the valley we find clone 10 to have the most wildly exotic characteristics here, and it is also later ripening than the other clones.