Oregon wine: 2018 Three Feathers Cuvée Virginia Pinot noir ©Winerabble

Oregon wine: 2018 Three Feathers Cuvée Virginia Pinot noir

Laurelwood District
Chehalem Mountains
Willamette Valley

13.5% alcohol

Empty bottle weight:
18.9 ounces // 538 grams

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175 cases produced

Named for the family matriarch, Dorothea Virginia Roosevelt (she was Teddy’s cousin), this Pinot noir is a blend of Pommard, 667, 115, 777 and 828 clones from both Three Feathers estate vineyards. Located just 2 miles apart, the two vineyards are situated between 700-1000 feet elevation and among the very highest in the Willamette Valley. That elevation helps the grapes to retain their natural acidity.

Planted in Laurelwood soil, the roots of the grapevines stretch deep down, helping them self-regulate during heat spikes in the summer. (Click here to read more about Laurelwood soil and the AVA named after it.) The soil also imparts a unique, earthy quality to the grapes grown in it.

After the Pinot noir grapes were hand picked, each lot was then fermented for 6 months in neutral oak barrels. After blending trials the individual lots were blended together and allowed to age for another 4 months before being bottled into this vintage of Cuvée Virginia.