Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Tasting Notes: The flavors bring together blueberry fruit, clove spices, moderating acidity and a textural mouthfeel highlighted with refreshing wet rock minerality.
The Domain: The vineyards of the Yamhill-Carlton District were planted mostly in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The primary soil of this area is called Willakenzie, named after the Willamette and McKenzie rivers. It is a sedimentary soil with a sandstone base rock. The sand content is quite high and the soil therefore very well drained. The sites are generally on the lower slopes of a volcanic ridge. Wines of the area possess aromas of red and blue fruits, with added elements of cocoa, leather, anise, clove and fresh-turned earth. Acidity levels are generally lower than other regions, prompting these wines to be lush and agreeable in their youth.