2017 Harper Voit Pinot Blanc SurliePinot Bianco / Pinot Blanc from United States
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"Drew spent the formative years of his winemaking career at Domaine Serene and Shea Wine Cellars where he worked with some of the best vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley. ...
"Drew spent the formative years of his winemaking career at Domaine Serene and Shea Wine Cellars where he worked with some of the best vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley. Harper Voit is the logical progression of that work: seeking out great vineyard sites, beautifully farmed fruit, and long-term relationships with growers. Drew also consults for a number of wineries in the Willamette Valley and operates a custom winemaking operation for small ultra-premium brands.
Nestled between the Coastal and Cascade Ranges, the Willamette Valley is the agricultural home of northern Oregon. Driving southwest from Portland, the valley is punctuated by a succession of rolling hills, which were islands dotting an ancient lake 13,000-15,000 years ago. The best vineyards in Oregon sit on these hills, producing exceptional fruit on what were ancient beaches. We seek out and develop relationships with farmers on this strandline, where lake once met land.
Drew makes 5 to 7 Pinot Noirs a vintage. The single vineyards are under 100 cases a year.
There's only about 300 acres of Pinot Blanc in Oregon. It's the first place that real Pinot Blanc was planted. In California, the “Pinot Blanc” is actually Melon du Bourgogne.
“Pinot Blanc” is the historic grape of Burgundy. - Drew Voit
The distinction between Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay wasn't even made until the 1800s.
Drew's idea with Pinot Blanc is to see what happens when it gets a more Burgundian inspired aging regimen.
The Pinot Blanc Sur Lie comes from Meredith Mitchell Vineyard. It was planted by Susan Meredith and Frank Mitchell in 1990, the vineyard sits nestled in the foothills of the Coast Range just outside McMinnville, OR. Rising from 450 - 650 ft in elevation, the soils are a mixture of uplifted marine sediments over fractured basalt, contributing to wines of great complexity.
No new oak, he's using large format barrels (300 - 500 liter barrels). 9-10 months on lees, no ML, no battonage." - Importer