Willamette Valley AVA
ituated smack in the middle of the cooling Van Duzer Corridor, Bryn Mawr Vineyards reaps the benefits of the coastal breezes that flow into the Eola-Amity Hills sub AVA. Wine industry folks lovingly refer to it as Willamette Valley’s air conditioning. This effect tends to drive acid levels up and produce more structured Pinot noir wines.
Winemaker Rachel Rose used fruit from just 38% of the estate vineyard and 62% from Havlin Vineyard, another Willamette Valley grape growing site heavily influenced by the Van Duzer Corridor. Combined, they make an excellent combination. The Pinot noir clones in this wine are Pommard, 777 and 115.
In the glass, this Pinot noir was a stunning violet purple, the color a King would wear. On the nose we found red fruit aromas of cherries and strawberries, then, a bit deeper, pencil shavings and silty dry soil smells. The mouthfeel was full and bright with rhubarb, sour cherries, cranberries and a hint of cedar. This wine did multiple crescendos in our mouths, swinging high, then low, then high again. The 2012 vintage created robust Pinot noir wines in Oregon and this one is a classic example of that bigness.
Only 200 cases produced.