R. STUART & CO. MENEFEE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

COLORS
light garnet
AROMAS
hazelnuts and toffee, lightly toasted macadamia nuts, hay, butter, and black tea
FLAVORS
bright red fruit, fennel, sweet basil, sumac
STRUCTURE
delicate but bright! Such a pretty wine.

 
Food Pairing Ideas
  • Simple Grilled Salmon with Thyme
  • Chicken Roasted with Peppers and Garlic
  • Lamb Meatballs with Black Olives
Seared Lamb Chops with Anchovies, Capers and Sage
ABOUT:

Cecelia McClellan and her late husband Chris planted the vineyard in 2004. It is east facing in the coastal foothills at a fairly high elevation. The soil is Jory, and the site is cooler than most – that gives us the bright acidity in the wine. We always look forward to tasting Menefee because it is so unusual. The vineyard characteristically gives us flavors of blueberry and blackberry. The middle palate is rich with flavors of cedar, fresh-cut wood, blueberries, and raspberries. The finish is long and brings an encore of blue fruit. It reminds Rob of when he was a kid and would pick wild blueberries on a farm in New Hampshire every August. We’ve even made some sparkling wine from this fruit – just a tiny batch – which was, not surprisingly, quite spectacular.

WINEMAKING:

When the fruit comes in from the vineyard to the winery, the first thing we do is destem it – without crushing – into small I-ton fermenters. We use proprietary yeast, which we’ve cultured from that year’s vineyard samples. Using strains from our many vineyards gives us some complexity. Later in the fermentation process, we delestage (a kind of rack  and return). The result is large, soft tannins – just the kind we like. We rarely use new oak in our cellar as we much prefer the gentle aging achieved with neutral French oak. In addition our reserve wines are never filtered.

Our goal for each wine is just the right amount of soft tannins, balances with luscious fruit and bright acidity.

TECH SPECS:

Alc: 13.3%, TA: 4.3 g/L
pH: 3.82, RS: <0.2 (dry)

COMPOSITION:

100% Pinot Noir

SOILS:

Jory

PLANTED:

2004

AVA:

Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley

CASES PRODUCED:

240

2017 MENEFEE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

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2017 MENEFEE VINEYARD INFORMATION

APPELLATION
Yamhill-Cartlon AVA
COMPOSITION
100% Pinot Noir
VINEYARDS
Menefee
ELEVATION
600ft
SOIL
Jory
PERSPECTIVE
East facing