2014 Rollins Pinot Noir
Luscious fruit accompanied by gritty structure is characteristic of winemaker Jesus Guillen's whole cluster style. Using 60% whole-cluster, this wine has a tannic backbone and presents totes of cranberry, sandalwood, and clove. Our Rollins spent eight months in 20% new oak.
Vines: Vista Hills C, E & G
Clones: Pommard, 115 & 777
Production: 169 cases
Barrel Regimen: 8 months in barrel (20% new oak from the Rousseau cooperage)
Block C was planted in 2001, and contains 4.1 acres of Dijon clone 777 fruit. Clone 777 yields flavors of black cherry, cassis, blackberry, licorice, and sometimes leather or tobacco, with a full body and medium tannins. Block C has an elevation of about 840 feet.
Block E was planted in 2002, and contains 2 acres of Dijon clone 115 fruit. Clone 115 yields flavors of rose petal, red cherry, black raspberry, and sometimes leather or anise, with a medium to full body and soft tannins. Block E has an elevation of about 800 feet.
Block G was planted in 2005, and contains 4 acres of Pommard clone fruit. Pommard is an “old school” clone, known for displaying dark fruit flavor and a meaty edge. The Pommard section of Block G has an elevation of 700-760 feet.
Vista Hills Vineyard:
Our 42-acre, LIVE certified sustainable vineyard rests atop the storied Dundee Hills in Dayton, Ore. We are nestled between Domaine Serene to the East and stunning Valley views to the West, thirty-five miles southwest of Portland. Our vines occupy some of the most sought-after terrain in the region.
The resident Jory soil is brick-red in color and dense with nutrients. Its exceptional draining capacity is ideal for the area's many wet months. While half of our acreage is used for the Vista Hills label, the remaining fruit is sold to a host of local producers including Dobbes Estate, Adelsheim Vineyard, Le Cadeau, White Rose Wines and Elizabeth Chambers Cellar.