The 2012 Brut Cuvée is sourced exclusively from our Twelve Oaks Estate on Chehalem Mountain. It is sourced from cool, high elevation vineyard sites, based on acidity. The grapes arrive to the winery in half-ton totes and are immediately hand sorted and de-stemmed into 2-ton stainless steel tanks. The stems are reserved for pressing and kept in cold storage, while the must cold soaks for several days. The Pinot noir is pumped over several times a day until the proper tannin ratio is perceived by taste. The tanks are then drained of their free run by gravity, and the stems and the grapes are loaded into the press, again, by gravity. The press runs on a champagne cycle, eliminating unnecessary tumbling and extraction of bitter tannins.
The light pressings and subsequent heavier pressings are all kept separate. The juice is settled for 48 hours before going into a combination of neutral French oak and stainless-steel barrels for fermentation. Upon completion of fermentation, the base wines are tasted, blended, and bottled. They aged sur lie, en tirage, for 6 years, at which time they are riddled and then disgorged. A dosage is added before bottling, corking and labeling. The finished wine is allowed to rest for at least four months before release.
Varietal Composition – 53.8% Pinot noir – 46.2% Chardonnay
Vineyards – Twelve Oaks Estate 100%
Soil Types – Laurelwood
AVA – Chehalem Mountains
Alcohol – 12%
Total Acidity – 10.2 g/L
pH – 2.89
Residual Sugar – 0.03%
AROMA apple, pear, biscuit, pineapple, wet stone, lime zest
FLAVOR brioche, dragon fruit, meyer lemon, starfruit, apple, lemon drop
FINISH creamy, crisp and rich
SUGGESTED PAIRINGS oysters, grilled shrimp , fried chicken, smoked salmon toast, popcorn, major life celebrations