Antiquum Farm "Juel" Pinot Noir 2015
Antiquum Farm is unusual in its ability to ripen lush fully mature deep dark fruit, and yet retain abundant natural acidity, given its high elevation vineyard: formerly Old School Vineyards, winemaker Stephen Hagen bought the property in 1999 and planted about 21 acres of wine grapes. Their 800 feet elevation is considered the viable elevation limit for growing Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. Diurnal variation is extreme which tends to allow the grapes to hold onto acidity. The soil is uniquely bellpine, a silty clay loam over sandstone parent material. It is the most depleted of all classified vineyard soil types in Oregon.
This vineyard produces grapes with loads of fine-grained fruit-driven tannin. Generous treatments of French oak (40% in the Juel) never overwhelm the unique attributes of this site. There is a vibrant tension between shining acidity and opulent depth of fruit. Deep bramble and confectionary fruit are offset by singing tropical notes, rose and hints of lavender and violet. Background notes of aged balsamic, tobacco and blood orange are present, too.