Domaine Roy & Fils, Estate Grown Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2019
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Overview of the Wine
Jared Etzel grew up on the Beaux Frères Vineyard and was schooled in Enology and Viticulture at Oregon State University. He worked vintages at Cristom and Brick House Vineyards before traveling to Spain where he worked at Artadi & Clos Erasmus. Before developing Domaine Roy & fils, Jared moved to California where he worked with Fisher Vineyards, Kapcsandy, and Blankiet. Jared's inspiration comes from the many organic and biodynamic estate vineyards making soulful wines specific to their site and vintage.The project started with Marc-André calling me to see if I had interest in a new wine venture. I said I was all in, if we could find a phenomenal site.
Our property search began on the torrential rainfall day of November 18th, 2012. We first met at the Red Hills Market for espresso with both our fathers before getting in the car to head to the Eola Hills. We were 5 minutes from the intended Eola property when we got a call from a local vineyard real-estate guru saying he had a pocket listing for a 21 acre filbert farm on Worden Hill Road in Dundee. We quickly voted to turn the car around and head to Dundee, without so much as looking at the Eola site.
We had an offer on the property by the end of the day. We planted the vineyard in April of 2013. Ten clones of Pinot Noir and two clones of chardonnay make up a high density average of 2310 vines per acre. The site became the Iron Filbert Vineyard, paying homage to the iron rich Jory soil series and the old filbert orchard that once stood.
Grape / Blend
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
This wine has a beautiful Pinot character of raspberry, bright rose, juniper, and hibiscus aromatically. The body is medium density with a pure focus of fruit and fine tannin and liveliness.
93 Points - James Suckling (2018)
Very attractive fruit purity here with red cherries and ripe dark plums on offer, as well as a brambly and spicy thread. The palate also follows a pure thread with clarity and freshness defining the long, sleek and vibrant trail of pure, dark-cherry flavors.
Product size: 750ml