2016 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.
100% Pinot Noir
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
Native yeast fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel with 50% stem inclusion. 12 months aging in French oak - 50% new, 25% second use, 25% neutral - François Frères, Rousseau & Remond barrels.
PRESS | 93 POINTS
“Powerful smoke- and spice-accented red berry liqueur, mocha and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity and pick up notes of licorice and cola with air. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry cola, lavender and spicecake flavors that become livelier on the back half. This weighty yet lithe Pinot finishes smooth and very long, featuring slow-building tannins and resonating florality.” - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
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