2013 ANTIQUUM VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
The fifteen acre Antiquum Vineyard is located in the southern part of the Willamette Valley on a steep slope at 800' elevation. The soils are well draining silty clay loam over a sandstone base that is the remnant of an ancient seafloor. The vines are dry farmed and managed in an old world style utilizing draft horses and sheep. For the 2013 vintage the fruit was hand-picked on September 27th from select rows of clones 113, 115, 667 and Wädenswil. Picked just before the rains the fruit was fermented 21 days in small lots retaining 30% whole clusters, then basket pressed and aged in 10% new French oak.
Bright ruby color with violet hues and notes of hibiscus and rose on the nose that opens into ripe raspberry and crushed strawberry aromas followed by sweet marjoram and blonde tobacco. The palate begins with crushed petals and dried cranberry and then broadens in the mid palate with soft and juicy-ripe berry fruit framed with well integrated acidity and fine yet plush tannins.
192 cases produced $42 per bottle
2012 ANTIQUUM VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
A select two barrel blend from Antiquum Vineyard (see above vineyard description). Harvested on the 8th of October, 25% whole cluster, 50% new French oak.
The wine is deep crimson in color with aromas of boysenberries, plums, and red cassis that combine with cinnamon and clove spice. A concentrated palate that highlights dark berry fruits and finishes long with fine grained supple tannins.
50 cases produced $48 per bottle
(91 Points Wine Enthusiast) ~Limited quantities available~
2012 WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR
The 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a selection of barrels with subtle oak influence. The wine is a bright ruby color, and reveals Bing cherry, raspberry and violet floral notes on the nose with underlying hints of carob. The palate is a round and rich display of lush red fruit that is well integrated with soft tannins.
75 cases produced $28 per bottle ~SOLD OUT~
2009 MOMTAZI VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
2009 is the inaugural vintage of Trathen Hall Wines. For this vintage we sourced fruit from the Momtazi family's organic and Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard in the McMinnville AVA.
Aromas of blue slate and dried sage followed by crushed rose petals and wild strawberries. The palate displays dense integrated tannins that carry flavors of beach plum and star anise. The finish is lingering and pure with a cleansing endnote. Gently handled and subtly oaked this wine has a delicate yet enduring transparency.
172 cases produced $36 per bottle
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The woodcut design on the front comes from a small book on wine purchased at a garage sale years ago during our travels. Only recently during the process of producing the label did we learn of some of the history around the chosen 'Harvesting' woodcut.
The woodcut is one in a series found in the Liber Ruralium Commodorum of Petrus De Crescentiis ca. 1305, and first published in Latin in 1471. The artist of the illuminations is identified as Andrea da Firenze who was active in Rome during Pius II. One of these early manuscripts, which was rebound for Pope Pius VI (Giovan Angelo Braschi, Pope 1775-1799), was in the collection of Robert Hoe (Arabella's great great grandfather) and sold at Sotheby's in 1912.
The pattern on the back is a reworking of a Maori carving pattern that represents movement. It is used in all areas of New Zealand and stands for continuity towards our evolving future.