2017 NYSA Vineyard Pinot Noir
NYSA is arguably the Willamette Valley’s most hallowed vineyard site, meticulously farmed by Michael Mega. The vineyard shares a fenceline with Domaine Drouhin and also neighbors Renegade Ridge (Archery Summit) and Domaine Serene. Southeast facing slopes with Jory soils - the famous red dirt, volcanic soils typical of Dundee.
100% Pinot Noir
NYSA VINEYARD - Dundee Hills AVA
This late-ripening “grand cru” plot is known for tiny clusters, intense color, and the general texture and vibes of Dundee but with muscular framing and lifted spiced/floral tones.
GROWER/OWNER - Michael Mega with consulting viticulturist Jessica Cortell of Vitis Terra
SOIL TYPE - Jory
CLONE SELECTION - Pommard/Coury/115/777
VINE AGE - Planted in 1988
VINEYARD SIZE - Total of twenty acres, Averæn contracts a block formerly sold to Bethel Heights (original planting) and 2 acres of grafted vines planted in 2001
ASPECT/ELEVATION - Southeast facing at 675’ elevation
Native yeast fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel with 30% stem inclusion. 12 months aging in French oak - 50% new Remond & Rousseau barrels (228L).
PRESS | 94 POINTS VIN
“Vivid ruby-red. Spice- and mineral-accented dark berry and cherry cola scents pick up succulent herbal and floral notes with aeration. Plush and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining black raspberry, cherry mocha and spicecake flavors along with hints of licorice, cola and candied rose. Finishes very long and spicy, with resonating floral character and smooth, late-arriving tannins.” - Josh Raynolds
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