Twill Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Twill Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • Twill Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a unique blend of four American Viticulture Areas (AVAs), including Bracken Vineyard (16%), Johan Vineyard (9%), Vojtilla Vineyard (12%), and Stormy Morning Vineyard (63%), which incorporate grapes grown in both volcanic and sedimentary soils.
  • Eight clones of Pinot Noir in total are combined, including Pommard, Wädenswil, Mariafeld, Swan, 943, 828, 777 and 115. 50% of this blend comes from the 115 Pinot Noir variety and represents the binder in bottling. 115 offers a full list of colors in the fruits and spice; red, blue black. It can be very balanced and complete without the addition of the other clones. However, all clones are very important as they allow for higher acidity, specific fruit density or spice, layers of complexity, and more.
  • Organic and biodynamic wine-making practices are utilized in the vineyards.
  • Average vine age is 19 years.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir

Elaboration: Fermented in 1.5-2 ton lots for 3-4 weeks. Some pump-overs and punchdowns for cap management. 100% destemmed fruit. Fermentation takes place in 65% Neutral Wood, 26% New Wood (49% of which is a larger and more subtle foudre), 9% in Concrete Egg. All wood vessels are very tight grain and sourced from the highest quality and most sustainable forests in France and Austria. The length of curing and drying, paramount to quality wood, is top notch with the coopers we source from (3 years +).

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PRODUCER BACKGROUND

Twill Cellars is located in West Linn, Oregon, just 30 minutes south of downtown Portland. Yet it might as well be a world away. In 2000, Molly and Darrel Roby (along with their two Bernese Mountain dogs, Mica and Saylor) began their journey as growers by planting a 2.7 acre vineyard.

Chris Dickson, following studies in Psychology and Biology, spent years working for several well-regarded winemakers around the world. Jonathan Sundy, an artist who knew Chris in high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, contributes his talents to the project.

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