2015 L’Altra Furioso Pinot Noir

 

The 2015 L’Altra Linea Furioso Pinot Noir is by design a bolder, more “masculine” expression of our Dundee Estate. The nose presents a remarkable combination of black and blue fruit overlaid with spice notes of white pepper and vanilla. A firmer style than La Linea, it offers more weight and sweet, juicy tannins on the palate. The long finish brings additional layers of cedar, sandalwood, and toast. This altra or “other” Estate wine has great aging potential and will benefit from being decanted if served in the next 2 years.

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

90pts | Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal | 2018 SavorNW Wine Awards

Production: 700 cases | Price: $45   Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

Bright red in color, the 2015 L’Altra Linea Furioso is a bit darker than La Linea. The nose is a remarkable combination of black and blue fruit scents over spicy notes, mostly white pepper and vanilla. A firmer style of wine that La Linea, L’Altra Linea offers more weight and sweet juicy tannins in the mouth. The long finish brings an extra layer of cedar, sandalwood and toasted notes. This altra estate wine has great aging potential and will benefit from being decanted is served in the next two years.

Production Notes
Varietal Pinot noir
Appellation Dundee Hills
Harvest Date 9/4/15
Barrel Aging 10 months in French oak barrels, 45% new.
Bottling Date 9/14/16
Alcohol 14.2

 

2016 La Linea Furioso Pinot Noir

 

Every attention to detail has been given crafting our flagship wine, La Linea Furioso Pinot Noir. Using the best grapes from the best blocks in our estate vineyard, we carefully guided the fermentation process to extract the most delicate tannins and preserve the complex aromatics of the fruit. The wine was then aged for ten months in some of the most prestigious french barrels available before being bottled in September 2016.

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

90pts | Wine Enthusiast

 

Production: 173 cases Price: $75 Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Our 2016 La Linea offers vibrant aromas of violet and blueberry with a hint a black pepper. In the mouth, this newly released wine shows great concentration and a broad palate, with firm tannins which will soften with aging. This rich and complex Pinot is meant to be enjoyed with food and would be the perfect pairing for duck confit or balsamic glazed salmon fillets.

Production Notes
Varietal Pinot noir
Appellation Dundee Hills
Harvest Date

8/30, 9/9, 9/12/16

Barrel Aging 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new
Bottling Date 8/31/17
Alcohol 13.1

2016 L’Altra Linea Furioso Pinot Noir

 

An overall warmer Oregon vintage led to an early harvest of our Dundee estate Furioso Vineyard which started on August 31st. Unfavorable weather conditions at fruit set drastically lowered our crop for that year with an average yield of 1.6 tons per acre (vice our usual 3 tons). Clusters were half their usual size and berries were small, leading to an amazing concentration and depth in the finished wine. This was perfect for creating a 2016 L’Altra as masculine as Pinot noir can be.

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

92pts | Wine Spectator
90pts | Wine Enthusiast

 

Production: 514 cases Price: $45  Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

Medium purple in color, aromatically the 2016 L’Altra is bursting with blueberry and blackberry fruit with a touch of earthiness and a hint of menthol. In the mouth, it is very structured, with powerful tannins and a refreshing acidity on the finish to complete this persuasive Pinot. Fire up your barbecues people, as our 2016 L’Altra demands to be paired with lamb shanks or even a juicy roast beef. This wine will cellar for over 10 years and we recommend decanting it if opened in its youth.

Production Notes
Varietal Pinot noir
Appellation Dundee Hills
Harvest Date 8/30,9/9, 9/12/16
Barrel Aging 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new
Bottling Date 8/31/17
Alcohol 13.1

2017 L’Altra Linea Furioso Pinot Noir

 

Our 2017 L’Altra is the true expression of our estate Furioso Vineyard here in Dundee. Picked at the optimum balance of sugar and acid, the grapes from these old Pinot noir vines were 100% destemmed and naturally fermented in small 2-ton stainless steel tanks. A judicious combination of pump-overs and punch-downs proved successful in gently extracting the delicate tannins and complex aromas from the grape skins. Free-run and press fractions were kept separate and the wine was then aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% of which were new. It was during that time in our cellar that the wine spontaneously underwent its secondary fermentation, contributing to the wine delicate texture. After nearly 8 months in the bottle, the 2017 L’Altra Pinot Noir is now ready to drink.

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

 

 

Production: 514 cases Price: $45  Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

After over 8 months in the bottle, this little gem is ready for her grand entrance. On the nose the wine has notes of blackberry, black cherry and cinnamon. In the mouth, velvety tannins are complimented by the natural acidity from the grapes which carries the wine to a gratifying finish.

Production Notes
Varietal Pinot noir
Appellation Dundee Hills
Harvest Date

9/16, 9/23, 9/26, 9/29/17

Barrel Aging 10 months in neutral French oak barrels, 25% new
Bottling Date 9/5/18
Alcohol 13.1

 2017 Chardonnay

 

2017 is the last vintage we used non-estate fruit for our Chardonnay. That year, we sourced the grapes from the Robinson Vineyard, one of the most northern sites in the Willamette Valley AVA. The vines are over 20 years old and the clone is Dijon 95, a well-proven clone in the production of classic Oregon Chardonnays. This small lot has been fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels. True to our nature, the wine is unfiltered (just very meticulously racked) and bottled using the lowest level of sulfur possible.

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

 

Production: 150 cases Price: $48  Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

On the nose, the 2017 Chardonnay shows notes of lemon, pear, wet stone and a hint of tangerine skin. In the mouth, the wine is graceful and elegant, with a very polished structure that finally opens to a vibrant finish with a zesty citrusy accent. This wine will pair well with a simple onion tart or seared scallops with a coconut lemongrass sauce.

Production Notes
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Willamette Valley
Harvest Date

9/16/17

Barrel Aging 10 months in neutral French oak barrels
Bottling Date 9/5/18
Alcohol 13.5