2014 Fullerton, Croft Vineyard Pinot Noir $45
Winery info: Fullerton is a small, family-owned and operated winery that started in a garage in 2011, later moving to Portland’s Southeast Wine Collective to craft its wines. They source their fruit from a number of top vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, all of which are farmed as naturally as possible. Alex Fullerton came by the shop recently to taste us on his wines and we were very impressed with his entire line-up. We’re pleased to include a wine from this up-and-coming producer in this month’s club.
Winemaker: Alex Fullerton, who has worked at Penner-Ash and Bergström, as well as in New Zealand.
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, Pommard, Wädenswil, and 115 clones
Vineyard source: Croft, an organic vineyard in Monmouth, just south of the Eola-Amity Hills, with sedimentary, sandstone-based soil called Belpine. There is also a small vein of volcanic basalt-based Jory soil in the vineyard. It is a warm microclimate, protected from the Van Duzer Corridor winds by the Coast Range and surrounding hills. Croft tends to produce concentrated Pinots with a generous mouthfeel, rich, firm tannins, and inviting acidity.
Flavor profile: Medium-bodied and elegant, with deep, dark fruit flavors, baking spice, and earthy notes.
Production/Availability: They made 200 cases and it is still in good supply
Drinkability: Now through 2026
Food Pairing: A nice grilled salmon would be lovely with this one.
2014 Maison Roy, Petite Incline, Pinot Noir $37
Winery info: Started in 2012 by Jared Etzel and Marc-André Roy, the second generation of the founding partners of Beaux Frères Winery, with Jared being the son of winemaker Mike Etzel and Marc-André, the son of Beaux Frères founding partner, Robert Roy. Jared and Marc-André produce wines under their Domaine Roy et Fils label using fruit from estate vineyards, while their Maison Roy wines are sourced from non-estate fruit as well. Their goal is “to produce wines of purity and transparence at the highest level from select vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.”
Winemaker: Jared Etzel
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard sources: Yamhill-Carlton: Gran Moraine, Terry, Merriman. Dundee: La Collina, Stoller, Kelly.
Flavor profile: According to the winery, 2014 was “a vintage of opulence, depth, and concentrated purity.” Though still young, this wine shows the ripe, full character of the warm season and is wonderfully balanced and aromatic.
Production/Availability: This wine was just released and should be in good availability for a while.
Drinkability: With its good structure and tannins it could age for up to ten years.
Food Pairing: This Pinot could pair with a wide variety of foods, from risotto to pork roast.