This beautiful Pinot is a great example of why we’re loving the 2019 vintage, which is often called a “classic” Oregon vintage: fresh fruits, elegant textures, relatively lower alcohols. We’ve grown accustomed to the more fruit forward, warm vintage characteristics of the last five (five–unprecedented!) and Trathen Hall’s Hyland shows up to the party acting all cool. Effortlessly cool a la James Dean.
Hyland is one of the Willamette Valley’s heritage vineyards; it was established in 1972. The most coveted Pinot noir block is the 1989-planted Coury clone (Patricia Green Cellars fans may recognize this since there’s a PGC Hyland Vineyard Coury Clone bottling).
The Coury clone is known as a “suitcase clone” because it was originally smuggled into the country from Colmar, Alsace by Charles Coury in 1964…probably in an actual suitcase. Coury is one of the Willamette Valley’s original wine industry pioneers and this clone is his legacy.
The combination of the volcanic Jory soil, the Coury clone of Pinot noir, and the location of the vineyard in the Coast range foothills produced a wine of unique elegance and beauty. Purples and reds come together with boysenberry and pomegranate accented by streaks of cedar and spice, all gliding on a plush smoothness.
There’s a lovely contribution from 35% whole clusters and virtually no influence of oak–aged for 10 months entirely in neutral barrels. Only 75 cases made