2017 Croft Vineyard Pinot Noir

Farmed by Lee & Chancy Croft, this certified organic vineyard was planted with Pommard & Wadenswil clones in 1985 and sits at 380 feet elevation on southeast facing slopes. Bellpine soils characterize the site with silty clay loam and uplifted seabed over sandstone parent material giving the wine a particular intensity without being overtly tannic or overripe.

BLEND | 100% Pinot Noir

VINEYARDS |CROFT VINEYARD - Willamette Valley (future home of Mt. Pisgah-Mistletoe AVA)
The soil here is extra special as we do not have Bellpine anywhere else in our program. That marine-influenced soil paired with a microclimate that is metered and less windy than most other spots in the Willamette Valley gives the wines from this site a particular intensity and power without being overtly tannic or overripe.

GROWER/OWNER - Lee and Chancy Croft (father and son) with consulting viticulturist Ray Nuclo
SOIL TYPE - Bellpine (silty clay loam, uplifted seabed) over sandstone parent material
CLONE SELECTION - Wadenswil & Pommard
VINE AGE - Planted in 1985
VINEYARD SIZE - Total of sixty-seven acres, Averæn contracts one acre of each clone
ASPECT/ELEVATION - Southeast facing at 380’ elevation

WINEMAKING | Native yeast fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel with 50% stem inclusion. 12 months aging in French oak - 50% new, Remond & Cavin barrels (228L)

““Deep lurid red. Spice- and smoke-accented cherry, raspberry and musky floral scents are complemented by building mineral and earth accents. Concentrated yet lively in character, offering intense cherry, Chambord and cola flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Smoothly plays power off finesse and finishes very long and appeal- ingly sweet, with dusty tannins sneaking in late.” - Josh Raynolds