Holocene Memorialis Pinot noir 2021
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2021 Pinot Noir Memorialis is more complete and layered, with beautiful ripe cherry and redcurrant fruit as well as spice box, dried, smoky herbs, and savory flower-like aromas and flavors. Textured, medium to full-bodied, and balanced, it has the fruit and texture to shine even today yet the density and structure to evolve for 10-12 years as well."
2020 vintage notes
94 points Wine Spectator: "Spirited yet refined and polished, with multilayered blueberry and raspberry flavors that take on forest floor, sandalwood and other dusky spice accents toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2030."
We've said that no one in the Northwest is making better bold red wines than Force Majeure's Todd Alexander. Well what does this have to do with Reserve Pinot noir, you (rightly) ask? In addition to Todd’s chops with Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, etc. he’s obviously a very skilled Pinot noir-maker; we submit this as exhibit A.
From Todd Alexander: By now, everyone knows that the Willamette Valley is an amazing place to grow Pinot Noir. When I relocated from Napa Valley to partner up with Force Majeure Vineyards, I knew I also wanted to start a project where I could focus attention on a varietal and growing region that I loved. Part of the excitement of being in the Pacific Northwest is the ability to have access to so many amazing vineyards and so much diversity, along with the opportunity to push boundaries and try new things–something that is becoming increasingly difficult in other growing regions.
We partner with a few very small, diverse and amazing vineyards in the Willamette Valley, sourcing fruit from these dry-farmed sites that emphasize low yields, sustainable practices and produce outstanding fruit. The wines are crafted in the same way I have been making wine since I was carrying it out at Bryant Family Vineyard in the Napa Valley–utilizing very low-impact, non-industrial techniques, native yeasts, little extraction and little new oak, and never filtering or fining. This allows a real sense of place to show through in the wines that is often dimmed when too much manipulation is undertaken.