White Rose Estate Guillen Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2014, Dundee Hills
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Dundee Hills
SUBREGION: Willamette Valley
VINEYARD: Guillen Vineyard
GRAPES: Pinot Noir (Dijon 115 clone)
SOIL: Jory (volcanic basalt
VINIFICATION: Field sorted, cold soak for 3 days, whole cluster fermentation, 11-14 days skin contact, 11 months French oak barrel aging (8%) new
COLOR: Pale ruby
BODY: Medium (5-6)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Ripe red and blue fruit, mineral, spice, licorice, musky earth
FLAVOR: Bitter cherry, raspberry, boysenberry, candied flowers, silky texture, subtle, round tannins, lingering floral finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Serve at cellar temperature (55-60ºF), decant for 30 minutes, and enjoy on its own for a special occasion or pair with a dish like coq au vin.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
In the summer of 2000, Greg Sanders knocked on the door of an old farmhouse sitting at the top of the Dundee Hills in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The house was just up the gravel road from a few of Oregon's most notable wineries: Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin Oregon and Domaine Serene. Surrounding the farmhouse was a small vineyard, self-rooted in 1980, that over the years had become known for the quality of its fruit. St. Innocent, Panther Creek and Torii Mor, had all purchased fruit from this site, bottling wines and designating them as "White Rose Vineyard". Having been an impassioned fan of pinot noir for many years, it was Greg's dream to own a vineyard from which he could produce artisanal, hand-made wines of outstanding quality. His search had led him to the top of this hill, and when he left, he took with him the deed to a dream.
Jesus Guillen started working with Greg in the vineyard in 2002. Since Greg much of the time needed to come back to Southern California to invest time with his family and deal with his different business, he depended on Jesus to deal with the regular winemaking techniques in his nonattendance. It didn't take long for Greg to acknowledge Jesus had a sharp sense of taste and an extraordinary yearning to learn winemaking. Jesus enlisted in winemaking classes, read each book he could discover on enology and viticulture and routinely picked the brains of the best winemakers in the valley. It didn't take long for Jesus to move into a perpetual part as Assistant Winemaker and Cellar Master. After a few years of being an indispensable some piece of the winemaking group, Jesus was designated Head Winemaker in 2008.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
“Planted in 1980 to own-rooted Pommard clone pinot noir, the 10-acre White Rose Vineyard is one of the oldest and most storied vineyards in Oregon. Planted on east-southeast facing slopes of volcanic Jory soils in the heart of the Dundee Hills, the vines consistently produce fruit of great character and complexity. The vineyard sits at the top of the hill at 870 feet elevation, overlooking much of the Willamette Valley. This hilltop location allows us to maximize "hang time", the length of the time the clusters are maturing on the plant, which results in greater flavor development while maintaing balanced sugars and acid.
In 2009, we acquired an additional 4 acres of vineyard immediately north of the original site. This vineyard, named Guillen Vineyard (after the Guillen family), was planted in 2001 to Dijon clone 115 pinot noir grafted to American rootstock.The site shows tremendous potential and is producing more substantial wines each year.”