2015 Antica Terra, Coriolis, Pinot Noir, $53
Winery Info: Maggie Harrison spent eight years as winemaker at California’s exclusive Sine Qua Non before she was lured north by the potential of a unique vineyard site in the Eola-Amity Hills. Her focus isn’t on single vineyard wines though. She finds the blending process to be the most challenging and exciting part of winemaking. She began producing her Coriolis wines in 2011 from “some of the most precious wines in her cellar,” that didn’t quite find a home in her other cuvées. 100% of the Coriolis profits are donated to charity.
Winemaker: Maggie Harrison
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir.
Vineyard source: Her estate vineyard, first planted in 1989 on a rocky hillside of ancient seabed soils strewn with fossilized shells right at the surface, plus other top vineyards such as Shea and Seven Springs.
Flavor profile: From the warmest vintage on record in Oregon, the 2015 Coriolis is dark and savory, with expressive aromas of red and black fruits, and forest floor. A beautiful balance of lushness, from the warm vintage, and elegance. With earthy, mushroomy notes, characteristic of the estate vineyard site.
Availability: Extremely limited. We had a rare opportunity to get some for the club and we jumped on it!
Drinkability: Now, through 2025
Food Pairing: Rack of lamb with Dijon and rosemary, roast duck, or wild mushrooms. Thanksgiving dinner!
2015 David Hill Vineyards and Winery, Old Vine Pinot Noir, $39.75
Winery Info: David Hill is one of the oldest, and one of the northernmost wineries in the Willamette Valley. It is owned by Milan and Jean Stoyanov who bought the property near Forest Grove in 1992. The farmstead itself dates back to the 1880s, when homesteaders living there produced wine from vineyards planted on the site. In 1965 Charles Coury arrived with rootstock from Alsace and Burgundy and began planting what is now David Hill Vineyard. These are some of the earliest plantings of Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. Work is currently underway on getting sub-AVA status, Tualatin Hills, established for this unique location.
Winemaker: Justin Van Zanten
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir (Pommard, Coury, and Wadenswil clones), aged 14 months in 30% new French oak.
Vineyard: Their estate vineyard, originally planted in 1965 on Laurelwood soil. The roots of these old vines now reach down to the basalt layer, enabling the resulting wines to fully express the character of the terroir.
Flavor profile: This Pinot has bright fruit and beautiful structure, with nuanced layers of flavor that continue to evolve as the wine opens up in the glass.
Production/Availability: 250 cases made. This vintage is almost gone.
Drinkability: Anytime over the next five years.
Food Pairing: Our distributor suggests roast Cornish hen on wild mushroom farro with fall herbs, or pork-loin with balsamic apple preserve and roasted new potatoes.