Violin Sojeau Vineyard Pinot noir 2021
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Aromatically evocative, deep, and mesmerizing—yum yum yum! Strawberries and cream meets sun-ripened Oregon blackberries in this best-yet Violin Sojeau. The harmony of bright and dark elements is only one aspect of the overall majestic nature of the 2021; it adds brilliant, graceful verve with its balanced acidity and ability to convey power without weight. -Marcus
Sojeau Vineyard Pinot noir ($65 Retail): Having skipped bottling individual vineyard wines in 2020, the ’21 becomes Violin’s fifth edition of Pinot from this site, incorporating 6 of the 12 total barrels we filled for a volume of nearly 150 cases. The wet and cold weather in mid June disrupted the success of bloom at Sojeau more than other vineyards, leaving berry size uniquely tiny and cluster weights low. As a result, we had similarly modest yields as in the previous vintage (well under 2 tons per acre). Sojeau’s robust canopy allowed for a quite rapid push to the finish line; September 11th being the earliest pick in our decade of working with the site. The intensity in the wines is very much the story of this early and low yielding scenario, the layered texture and integrated framework on full display. The balance of elements always leans Sojeau Pinot in the direction of elegance, the acid is perfectly situated within the red-fruited, creamy core. The old saying “iron fist in a velvet glove” can been applied to Sojeau at different times, but the power and concentration in this bottling achieve a compelling sense of purity and gracefulness after an extended aging and meticulous barrel selection. Racked to tank in mid December before bottling on January 23rd, 2023. 145 cases, 13.3% alcohol.
2019 vintage notes
Unmistakably pure aromatic profile of dark cherry and crushed berries, the power and focus of the aromatic tone is captivating. The “Sojeauness” is all there; the density and drive producing positive and mouthwatering energy across the palate. The persistence and integration of tannin in 2019 is simply astonishing—the pull of the wines goes endlessly, with a plush and generous weight perfectly matched by the strength of the frame. Tension in wine is hard to describe, but I think we have captured it here.
The string of special wines from Sojeau Vineyard continues with this epic single vineyard Pinot noir. Perched high in the Eola-Amity Hills, staring into the gap in the Coast Range known as the Van Duzer Corridor, Sojourner Vineyard is a truly special place and Will has captures the essence of it perfectly. -Marcus
Sojeau crests a boulder strewn outcropping of volcanic soil on the high Western flank of the Eola-Hills, leering down from 700 feet toward his former property Eola-Springs and the famed Van Duzer Corridor. Planted in 2007 to three clones of Pinot Noir, Violin sources rows from each of the sections of Dijon 115, Wadensville, and Pommard that co-ferment together. Sojeau has a unique balance of tannin and concentration, producing textures that approach supple, velvety, and seamless. The wines lean toward a red fruit profile, with an enticing aromatic quality that is unmistakably Pinot Noir, but on the classic side of the scale.
Sojeau Pinot noir brought us the ultimate in balanced chemistry and concentration. Our yields were down almost 20% from 2018, but the cool finish to harvest meant we hit our mark perfectly with respect to ripeness. I fermented two lots, the larger of the two with 18% as whole cluster, and a “sans stems” lot of 100% destemmed berries. The final blend came from three barrels of the 18% whole cluster lot and one barrel from the all destemmed lot, racked in early January after almost 16 total months in oak, 25% new, and bottled on the 20th of the month with the other 19s.