Unlike the majority of Oregon wineries (and wineries the world over) which elevate their single vineyard wines above regional blends, Will’s flagship wine in 2015 is his Eola-Amity Pinot noir, a blend.
This barrel selection represents an effort to produce a wine of superior power and elegance that best showcases the unique growing conditions in this viticultural area running North and South between McMinnville and Salem. Due East of the Van Duzer Corridor, the Eola-Amity Hills experience a more direct influence of Marine breezes, allowing for greater retention of natural acidity through cooler nighttime temperatures during the growing season. A six barrel blend of 50% Eola Springs Vineyard, 28% Clos des Oiseaux Vineyard, and 22% Sylvia Sproed Vineyard, the wine strikes an intriguing balance between tension and generosity.
Floral perfume, powerful red fruits, earth tones and an edge of smokey spice offer a wide range of aromas. Juicy on entry with high acidity well restrained by ripe, powerful tannins and layers of savory spices, fresh berries, plums and cherries. Eola Springs was a co-fermentation of three blocks in 2015, including the oldest, own rooted St. Augustine block. The depth of flavor and tannin is noticeable as a result, bringing a nervy intensity to a wine that finishes long, delicate and supple. Aged on lees for just over 14 months in new (20%) and used French Oak barrels. Assembled in late December before bottling on February 16th, 2017.