past vintages of cattrall brothers vineyard pinot noir

2013 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Pinot noir

136 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
label - grape truck

This is our fifth year working with Tom and Bill Cattrall, and the same block from Tom’s vineyard which sits high in the Eola Amity hills and is one of the coolest sites we work with. The own rooted wadensville clone has been organically farmed from the beginning. We process the fruit with a hands off approach that would allow us to label as such, with the exception of SO2. We add a little after fermentation is complete, an amount that would be allowable under EU organic rules, but not in the US.

All that aside – this is a compelling wine – red fruit and spice run from beginning to end all on a frame of 11.2%. As we have begun to introduce this wine to many here at the farm the responses have been enthusiastic and positive, and yes it is true, when we run out of wine from a previous release we pre- release here at the farm. Bill and Tom have an amazing array of equipment that continue to inspire drawings by Clare, this year a different perspective of their grape delivery truck.

tasting notes-
Smells like autumn, dried leaves, vanilla, cocoa powder. Ruby red grapefruit, cherries, sweet pipe tobacco. The palate is soft juicy and refreshing.

92 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous
90 points — The Pinot File

2012 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Pinot noir

161 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48 (sold out)
label- Cattrall Brothers Vineyard tractor

The warm vintage allowed the own rooted vines planted so long ago to ripen fully, yet the wine produced still retains its bright acidity and tannic backbone. The wadensville clone is all that is planted in this small vineyard, it was fermented with 50% whole cluster, both contributing to the spicy and brambly aromatics. Red fruit, earth and present tannins make a wine that will be youthful for a few years to come.

94 points- Wine Spectator 92 points- Stephen Tanzer's IWC
90 points- The Pinot File

2011 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Pinot noir

143 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$45 (sold out)
label - 1941 ford dump truck

This is the highest elevation vineyard that we buy fruit from, and consequently the coolest site. This is evident in the resulting wine's petit stature, and yet, it delivers beautiful aromatics and rich fruit on the palette that persists through the finish. Its tannins are firm and present.

Native yeasts and whole-cluster fermentation give great character to the wine with only 11.9% alcohol. All the wines from 2011 have low alcohol, but this is noteworthy given everything else that is presented in the wine. I am always learning and am sometimes surprised by what happens when wines are gently nudged and allowed to express what's there, as opposed to imposing my will over them.

This wine is showing lots of citrus but with darker qualities of milk chocolate, bacon fat, cola, and Worcestershire sauce. Red toned fruit makes me think pomegranate, bing cherry with a tropical banana note. Sweet palate entry, juicy, with dusty fine grained tannin.

This wine changes rapidly fleshing out and gaining weight showing more extract than the nose implies. The longer it is open the darker the flavors and more savory it becomes.

91 points- Josh Raynolds- Stephen Tanzer's IWC
93 points- Robert Parker- Wine Advocate
94 points- Wine & Spirits

2010 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Pinot noir

118 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$45 (sold out)
label - 1936 ford cattrall vineyard pickup

The oldest certified organic vineyard in Oregon – planted in the early 70’s. This vineyard continues to bring us very complex wines with tons of spice and great fruit.

This vintage had lots of deep earth notes and took it’s time to fully develop; we held this wine back to give it more time.

A rustic and forward wine that is still continuing to evolve, roasted coffee and raspberry dominate the palate.

92 points- Stephen Tanzer's IWC

2009 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Pinot noir

94 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
(sold out)
label – the grape delivery truck owned by the Cattrall Brothers, a 1947 ford

For those of you who have tried our ’09 rosé, this wine will seem familiar to you, and yet so much more. Picked the 3rd week of October, this vineyard seemed to ride the fence – not ripening too quickly during the September heat spell and yet far enough along that we weren’t forced to pick due to more rain.

The fence riding could be due to the elevation of 650’ in the Eola-Amity Hills or the fact that it’s the oldest certified organic vineyard in Oregon – planted in the early 70’s. Regardless the resulting wine is exceptionally well balanced and delightful now, yet we are sure it will pick up even more complexity as tertiary bottle flavors develop.

This wine is fermented with native yeast and 70% whole cluster fermentation. The clone is 100% Wadenville. Maybe a perfect year for this vineyard creating a wine that’s amazingly complex with ethereal texture.

There are notes of spice, fruit, brown sugar and cola. Drinking well now and will age gracefully. Just under 100 cases bottled, we are proud to share this wine with you.

93 points- Robert Parker- Wine Advocate