2016 Flood Line Pinot Noir
The Willamette Valley was shaped by the powerful Missoula floods that swept through the region during the Ice Age. Glacial waters rose to 300 feet, forming the Flood Line, which growers now use to define the upper limit of alluvial soils deposited by the floods. AVERÆN Flood Line accentuates the floral components that personify great Pinot Noir grown on this glacial rock.
100% Pinot Noir
VALIN-MORRISSEY - Eola-Amity Hills AVA
There are two blocks planted here: Valin (lower) and Morrissey (upper). Originally a land lease, Rex Hill Vineyards paid to develop this property. Years later when they started cutting away properties, Valin-Morrissey was the last on the chopping block. We thought it was crazy to let such an incredible site go and pounced on it, farming it collaboratively and sustainably. Yields wines of classic Eola-Amity Hills character: cola, tobacco, cherries and cardamom all day long.
GROWER/OWNER - Owned by Jeff Valin, farmed by Rob Clarke
SOIL TYPE - Jory
CLONE SELECTION - 113/114/115/777
VINE AGE - Planted in 2004
VINEYARD SIZE - Total of seven acres, Averæn contracts the entire vineyard
ASPECT/ELEVATION - Southeast facing at 600’ elevation
Native yeast fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel with 30% stem inclusion. 12 months aging in French oak - 40% new, 20% second use, 40% neutral - François Frères, Rousseau & Remond barrels.
PRESS | 91 POINTS
“Aromas of ripe red berries and cherry, along with subtle cola and licorice nuances. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that flesh out on the back half. A smoky note emerges on the clinging finish, which features fine-grained tannins and suave red fruit preserve and mocha qualities.” - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
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