Vineyard: Johan Estate Vineyard-Willamette Valley. The site lies adjacent to the Van Duzer corridor which is a cooling influence on the vines.
Soil: Helvetia, Steiwer, and Santiam silts which were formed primarily from ancient marine sedimentary rock
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Vinification: Made in a classic style with small lot Fermentations, native yeasts, native ml, 42% whole cluster, and no additives (enzymes, tannins, acid, sugar, water, copper etc).
Aging: 11 months in 100% french oak barrels (32% new)
Production: 900 cases
Notes: The goal behind the Estate bottling is to make a wine that is representative of the whole farm. If we were to harvest all of our Pinot Noir grapes and make one wine this is the wine it would be. We achieve this on a micro scale by selecting small parcels of fruit from every combination of rootstock/scion, slope, soil profile, and vine age on the property. We then vinify, age, and bottle this wine separately from our other lots. This bottling is always the most representative of the growing year. It incorporates every element of the farm for better or worse. It is the most accurate representation of Johan Vineyards’ terroir.
Floral notes of acacia blossom and rose petal add elegance to the softly spiced red cherry fruit aromas. The round, delicious and sleek middle weight flavors possess nice punch and complexity on the lingering and dusty finish. This is actually quite good and could be enjoyed young or with a few years of bottle age.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
I tasted the 2014 Estate pinot noir last year and was very happy to see it again in our lineup at the winery on my visit this July. This is a very stylish middleweight, having included around fifty percent whole clusters and being raised in twenty percent new oak. The bouquet is superb, offering up a red fruity mélange of red plums, strawberries, fresh nutmeg, lovely soil tones, a touch of cinnamon, gentle notes of cedar and a topnote of mustard seed. On the palate the wine is fullish, pure and soil-driven, with a good core, moderate tannins and excellent length and grip on the poised and tangy finish. This is a lovely example. 2017-2035.