2014 Tusculum Pinot Noir
The 2014 Tusculum spent 18 months in neutral oak, the longest barrel time of our 2014 vintage. This wine is created with destemmed fruit from Block B, our slowest-ripening block in the vineyard. Because the fruit in Block B tends to be smaller, this wine had more skin contact, resulting in notes of ripe cherry, cola, and chocolate.
Vines: Vista Hills Old Block B
Production: 174 cases
Barrel Regimen: 18 months in neutral oak
Block B was planted in 1999, and contains 1.4 acres of Dijon clone 114 fruit. Clone 114 is the most widely planted of the Dijon clones, and yields flavors of pomegranate, blueberry, mineral, cola, and spice, with a medium to full body and moderate tannins. Block B has the second-highest density of the Vista Hills blocks, with 2,115 vines per acre. It has an elevation of 800-840 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.