2018 Xander Taryn Pinot Noir
Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle
Hello, Laurelwood soils! It's like combining a spice rack with a floral shop. Dark blueberry fruit mixes with savory notes, violets, and exotic spice tones. The wine finishes bold and rich with dark chocolate and cedar tones.
About Xander-Taryn Vineyard
We love working with the fruit from this tiny, family-owned Xander Taryn vineyard, which is hidden in the hills of the Chehalem Mountains. Xander-Taryn has 7 acres of Pinot Noir growing on the regions distinctive Laurelwood soils, producing blue fruit-driven Pinot Noir with both complexity and finesse. The vineyard’s elevation of 600 feet and moderate slopes allows for excellent air movement and sun exposure, providing optimal growing, and ripening conditions for the grapes.
2018 was a vintage for rich, bold flavors in Willamette Valley wines. Starting hot and dry through the spring and summer, by September rain was a welcome relief. Cooler temperatures during harvest slowed ripening and increased hang-time. With multiple vineyards ripening simultaneously in October, our crew put in long hours at the end of crush. Their hard work has paid off with bold fruit-forward red wines and fresh, stone-fruited white wines that veer into the tropical. 2018 was a warm vintage that ended cool giving us wines with a captivating combination of flavors.