2011 Black Hole Vineyard
In the Vineyard
Black Hole Vineyard is located on Parrett Mountain at the southern tip of the Chehalem Mountains chain near Newberg, Oregon. Black Hole acquired its name after years of site development expense when the wife in the partnership exclaimed, “That vineyard is just a black hole into which we throw money!” The 14-acre, high-elevation (610’ – 725’) vineyard was developed and planted with a singular focus of growing distinctive, complex Pinot noir from a wide variety of clones. This is the first vintage that we have made as a single vineyard designate. Harvest chemistry was at 21.1 Brix, 3.39 pH and 7.6 TA.
At the Winery
Grapes were 100% destemmed and cold soaked for seven days. Some fermenters were warmed and inoculated with 71B yeast strains, while others were allowed to ferment with native yeasts. The juice fermented for 21 days before press-off and racked to 60% new French oak barrels by Atelier, and held in barrel for nine months.
At the Table
Rich aromas of rose petals and crushed red cherries jump from the glass! Round and polished on the entry, the wine is juicy, drenched in black cherry with edges of graphite mineral and hints of cinnamon bark. Elegant and showy, this wine should improve over the next 10 years through 2021, and hold its own into the next decade.