Overview of the Wine
By now, everyone knows that the Willamette Valley is an amazing place to grow Pinot Noir. When I relocated from Napa Valley to partner up with Force Majeure Vineyards, I knew I also wanted to start a project where I could focus attention on a varietal and growing region that I loved. Part of the excitement of being in the Pacific Northwest is the ability to have access to so many amazing vineyards and so much diversity, along with the opportunity to push boundaries and try new things – something that is becoming increasingly difficult in other growing regions.
We partner up with a few very small, diverse and amazing vineyards in the Willamette Valley, sourcing fruit from these dry-farmed sites that emphasize low yields, sustainable practices and produce outstanding fruit.
The wines are crafted in the same way I have been making wine since I was carrying it out at Bryant Family Vineyard in the Napa Valley — utilizing very low-impact, non-industrial techniques, native yeasts, little extraction and little new oak, and never filtering or fining. This allows a real sense of place to show through in the wines that is often dimmed when too much manipulation is undertaken.
Our first vintage was 2015, and was released in early 2017. As production is currently extremely small, the best way to get the wines into your hands is to join our mailing list at the “Mailing List” link above to receive an allocation when we have a release. We release wines once per year, and they will be sold on a first come, first served basis, shipped straight to your door.
Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Holocene Pinot Noir Memorialis is a blend of 777, Pommard and 115 clones from MonksGate vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and it saw about 20% new French oak for 16 months prior to bottling. It is always the lighter and more feminine of the two Holocene wines, with red fruits, white flowers, dried herbs, mushroom and forest floor aromatics, bright acidity and a lithe texture, long finish.
500 cases produced.
93-95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Lots of wild strawberries, peppery herbs, mulberries, candied orange, and exotic floral notes emerge from the 2019 Pinot Noir Memorialis. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a terrific sense of purity, ripe, building tannins, and a focused, elegant style that's going to drink nicely right out of the gate yet also evolve for a decade.
From the buyer - Ian Blackburn -
Featured in the STARS of Pinot 2021 - this is a knock out that will reward cellaring and evolve for a decade. Hard to resist now but built like Pommard or Clos Vouguet with some stem inclusion and imagination. No commercial production mindset was used - this is purely artisanal in every direction. Beautiful packaging, insane fruit quality, and evokes wine dreams. After tasting it - I immediately project outward about 4 years... and see this being a treasure.
Product size: 750ml