Pinot Noir 2011, Hoods Wind Cellar (Lake Oswego, Oregon)
We are very proud to partner with Hoods Wind Cellar to bring this amazing wine for our loyal customers!
Hoods Wind Cellar is a tiny winery in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Our production is under 1,000 cases per year. We make the wine the old-fashioned way, in small lots and with minimal manipulation. We age the wine in barrels for at least three years, which is much longer than average.
The extended barrel aging imparts a subtlety and refinement not found in moderne commercial wines. Our goal is to make old-world wines that enhance the enjoyment of food, and to do so in an environmentally respectful way. Olga’s Vineyard is 2 acres of Pinot Noir vines in Hood River, Oregon. It is situated on a gentle slope surrounded by ancient windswept oaks and rooted in glacial rock deposits. The glacial moraine which means up the soil includes rocks ranging in weight from a few ounces to tons.
It is a very difficult site to farm, but the quality of the small quantity of grapes produced is unique. This quality comes not only from the soil, but also from the persistent westerly wind which is healthful to the vines and fruit. The irrigation water is also unique: pure glacial melt directly from the Hood River — it is loaded with minerals eroded from the flanks of Mount Hood.
Our 2011 Pino Noir is an acidic old-world style dry wine, with a bouquet of “je ne sais quoi” qualities that keep one’s nose returning for more whiffs. In the mouth if can be described as “burgundian,” with smooth tannins balancing the acidity and complex flavors. The color is classic.
Hector Samkow & Tom Seppalainen
(toilers and laborers of the vines)
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