2010 Gran Moraine Vineyard
In the Vineyard
Gran Moraine Vineyard is a state-of-the-art, high-density vineyard developed in 2005 with regulated deficit irrigation on Willakenzie sandstone and Hazelair clay loam soils. Located just five miles due west of the small town of Carlton, Oregon, the vineyard benefits from several of the distinguishing features of the Yamhill-Carlton District: the cooling effect of ocean breezes through the Van Duzer Corridor, a relatively dry climate due to its location in the rain shadow of the Coastal Range, and the shallow and particularly well-drained Willakenzie series of ocean sediment soils.
Gran Moraine is LIVE and Salmon Safe Certified.
On October 20, we harvested our Pinot noir clone 777 fruit from blocks 3 and 4 of Gran Moraine Vineyard. Harvest chemistry was at 23.4 Brix, pH 3.56, and TA 7.2.
At the Winery
Grapes were 100% destemmed and cold soaked at 50°F for eight days, and then warmed to 70°F and inoculated with yeast strains UR 43 and BRL 97. Here, the wine fermented for 18 days before pressing off its skins and allowing to settle in tank for two more days. After settling, the wine was racked into 23% new oak barrels produced by coopers Ermitage, Cadus, and Remond.
At the Table
This bright, magenta-hued wine is a stunner, with copious amounts of fruit dominating all sides of the tasting experience! On the nose, sweet notes of raspberry compote and blackberry freezer jam awaken your senses. On the palate, the fruit-driven experience continues with piles of red cherry, bramble fruit and a little fresh blueberry. Along with a lengthy finish, unique notes of kaffir lime leaf, orange zest and black pepper give this wine extra dimension, leaving you wanting for more!