Llewellyn Old Vine Series:
“Very pleasant aromas of chocolate, cherry and spice. The mid weight dark red cherry and blueberry flavors cascade through a welcome attack and mid palate, finishing with length and cherry-fueled goodness. Nicely balanced with added accents of spice, tobacco and saline.” 90 rating Pinot File
Old Vines from multiple vineyards averaging 35 years in age and all dry farmed. Pinot Noir Clones are mostly Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon 115.
The vineyards are set into the coastal foothills in Philomath Oregon. The vines are located near the base of Mary’s Peak which is a mountain in Benton County and is the highest peak in the Oregon Coast range. The Peak is a rain shadow for our vineyards.
Soils[Alluvial and Sedimentary loam] Marine sediment soils were laid down on the floor of the Pacifc Ocean. Alluvial soil – a fine-grained fertile soil deposited by water flowing over food plains or in river beds. Sedimentary soils are dry and brittle sedimentary soil makes for deep-rooted vines and structured dark wines. These soils drain quickly establishing a natural deficit-irrigation effect. Pinot noir wines from Marine Sedimentary Soils usually exhibiting a style showing the voluptuous and denser dark red berry and blue/black fruit with darker floral, earth tones, and bigger, heavier, and chewier tannins.
Small lot fermentation and hand punch-downs. After fermentation the wine was stored in French oak barrels for 18 months before being blended and bottled. Wines were bottled in Screwcap Closures to retain great fruit flavors and aromas.
2015 Growing Season
The 2015 vintage started with bud break in March, two weeks early in our region. The early trend continued with higher than normal temperatures through spring, which created exceptional conditions for bloom, flower and fruit set. As spring gave way to summer, conditions continued to be warmer than usual and consequentially grape clusters were far larger than typical. All in all this has been one of those all too rare vintages where you get high yields and outstanding exceptional fruit quality.