Bow & Arrow Wines, Rhinestones 2020, Johan Vineyard, Van Duzer Corridor, Willamette Valley, OR
A Willamette version of Loire Cheverny, this is a single-vineyard blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay is bright, fresh, and very quaffable.
APPELLATION (AVA): Van Duzer Corridor
REGION: Willamette Valley
SUBREGION: Van Duzer Corridor
VINEYARD: Johan Vineyards
GRAPES: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Gamay
SOIL: Calcareous sedimentary soils with some granite
VINIFICATION: Aged in a mixture of concrete and old barriques.
COLOR: Medium ruby with a brick tinge
BODY: Light to medium bodied
PRIMARY AROMAS: Dried rose petals, white pepper, pencil shavings
FLAVOR: Bright cherry candy, rhubarb, juicy
SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION: Pair with charcuterie.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Scott Frank “...Bow & Arrow is a full fledged, subterranean winery located in Northeast Portland. I source my fruit from a small group of reliably outstanding farmers who were willing to take a risk grafting or planting the varieties we needed and to farm them in a way that was aligned with my beliefs. While there is no one “house style”, I embrace a principal of drinkability and low-intervention; a humble word that embodies the spirit of wine drinking we celebrate.” (bowandarrowwines.com)
ABOUT THE VINEYARD: Johan Vineyards
“Johan Vineyards is one of five bonded wineries within the newly established Van Duzer Corridor AVA. The unique growing conditions within our viticultural area yield wine grapes with a compelling expression of Oregon’s sense of place.
“Our calcareous sedimentary soils with non-native erratic granite contrast our easterly neighbors’ iron-rich volcanic soils; we see a greater pH buffering capacity in our soils conducive to a healthy and diverse soil microbiome. The resulting wines from our site have exotic and complex aromatics with balancing acidic structure and tension.
“In addition to the soil characteristics, our site is affected by the unapologetic and persistent coastal winds. Daily, the sun heats the valley floor and causes a “heat-sink” effect. This differential draws maritime air through the coast range, directly across our site. Annually, we see 30-40% greater daily wind speeds compared to our neighbors in the north Willamette Valley.” (johanvineyards.com)