Gran Moraine Yamill-Carlton Oregon Pinot Noir
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Gran Moraine takes its name from the cataclysmic floods that occurred in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon during the last ice age. As the flood waters receded, they sculpted the region, leaving a distinct pattern of small indentations or mini valleys (aka moraines)—much like the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. The Yamhill-Carlton AVA where 220 acres are planted to the classic Burgundian varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The soils and the growing conditions in the Yamill-Carlton Valley create wine with a profile that is distinct from that of wine from the surrounding AVAs in several significant ways. More specifically, the Pinot Noir leans toward black fruit, minerality, and floral (rose and violet) elements.
In addition, the AVA is located on hillsides between 200 and 700 feet in elevation, the sweet spot for distinctive, age-worthy New World Pinot Noir. The climate of the Yamhill-Carlton combined with the sedimentary rock based soils produce wines with nuanced fruit and earth characters, driven by mature tannins that are structured and grippy yet elegant. Ten months in French oak lends a deep note of chocolate and tobacco accentuated by some sweet spices.
The Gran Moraine Oregon Pinot Noir is produced with the tradition and spirit of the classic Burgundian wines and is the vision that the Gran Moraine team embraces and strives to achieve. We think they have mastered it!