2016 Meredith Mitchell Vineyard Pinot Noir
Meredith Mitchell is a truly unique spot, superbly windy as it is exposed to the blustery winds coming through the Van Duzer Corridor. All own-rooted Pommard clone vines planted on Jory (volcanic) and Yamhill (silty clay loam) soils with unusual, for the region, wide spacing and single wire trellis system. South facing aspect at 560 feet elevation.
100% Pinot Noir
MEREDITH MITCHELL VINEYARD - McMinnville AVA
This certified biodynamic vineyard is where we say, “all the magic happens.” Late, slow ripening, wonderful tannin intensity with unmistakably pronounced blue-black aromatics.
GROWER/OWNER - Owned by Susan Meredith and Frank Mitchell. Farmed collaboratively by Leigh Bartholomew of Results Partners Vineyard Management and Bill Sweat of Winderlea
SOIL TYPE - Jory
CLONE SELECTION - Pommard (own rooted)
VINE AGE - Planted in 1990
VINEYARD SIZE - Total of twenty-two acres, Averæn contracts 2.4 acres in the Alta block
ASPECT/ELEVATION - South facing at 560’ elevation
Native yeast fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel with 20% stem inclusion. 12 months aging in French oak - 50% new, 25% second use, 25% neutral - François Frères & Rousseau barrels.
PRESS | 92 POINTS
“Blackberry and boysenberry aromas are complicated by suggestions of cola and candied violet, and a smoky mineral note lends nervy lift. Incisive dark berry and bitter cherry flavors slowly gain flesh and become sweeter in the midpalate. Impressively precise and energetic, delivering strong finishing thrust and dusty, building tannins that make a late appearance.” - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
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