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| ||Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 4/5/2015 & rated 90 points: Wine for Passover 2015; 4/4/2015-4/5/2015 (Our home): In a good place right now. Ruby in color. The nose has cherries and a slight earthy funk. On the palate, lots of cherry fruit left, but showing nice layered complexity. Good acidity. drinks easy but has some interest. No hurry, but not sure if this improves much. (518 views)|
| ||Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 11/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Drinking quite well. Further development to come. Its more feminine and less fruit than most vintages. Drinking easy with a nice layering. (519 views)|
| ||Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 4/11/2013 & rated 92 points: 2007 A shitty Oregon Vintage? (Lou's): This was my WOTN and finished 2nd in the tasting with 3 first place votes. There were some who did not like it. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has cherries and a powdered cherry drink quality (others called it dusty). On the palate, one of two with no signs of under ripe fruit. Nice slick texture. Good cherry fruit. Drinking well, but still offering further maturity. Bob Wood would role his eyes and say "Surprise, Loren likes Sineann", but I did. (1467 views)|
| ||Tasted by Clarkmeister on 5/11/2012 & rated 91 points: Light on its feet, more of a traditional pinot as opposed to the more full bodied stuff Peter usually makes. This was crisp and well balanced, very nice from a tough vintage. (1516 views)|
| ||Tasted by Clarkmeister on 4/23/2011 & rated 91 points: Great effort for the vintage (1831 views)|
| ||Tasted by dlstrauss on 10/14/2010 & rated 92 points: Great after aeration through Vinturi. Not very good the next day. (2030 views)|
| ||Tasted by johnwine on 8/12/2010 & rated 88 points: This Pinot will improve with time but today lacks the ripeness and generosity of fruit and spice to go with its very tight structure. (1896 views)|
| ||Tasted by joshwoodward on 7/31/2010 & rated 89 points: Churchill's: US Pinot (Maumee, OH): Not showing as well as I remember it. Odd nose, with sea brine. Bigger, than the basic Oregon, but still restrained. Burgundian. $47 (1644 views)|
| ||Tasted by jfagan on 4/16/2010 & rated 91 points: Popped and poured at noon, I almost wrote this off as another 2007 "lean, mean, cranberry/rhubarb machine" but by 8 hours later this had really gained weight, depth and complexity. Brightly spiced red and black fruit aromas with some earth and stems. Much sweeter and richer on the palate with a hint of the mocha I associate with this vineyard. Certainly one of the better '07s and worth seeking out. 91 points. Drink 2012-2015. (1277 views)|
| ||Tasted by manonthemoon on 3/29/2010 & rated 87 points: Notes from day 2. Dark red in color. Nose of black cherry, spice box, damp earth. On the palate there was mixed raspberry, lots of cranberry, herbs, & spice. The finish was below average in length and a little bitter, but there was decent balance to the wine. Drink or hold. 50+5+11+15+6 (1371 views)|
| ||Tasted by gocanes on 12/11/2009 & rated 86 points: This started off really nice and I had high hopes. Expressive nose of raspberries and cranberries, with similar notes on the palate. Sharp and clear. But after the first glass, things went downhill and this shut down, becoming more sharp and unyielding. Probably too young. (1490 views)|
| ||Tasted by joshwoodward on 12/5/2009 & rated 93 points: Churchill's: California vs Oregon Pinot Smackdown (Maumee, OH): Meaty nose, barnyard. Slightly sour, elegant. Light tannins, acidic, medium bodied. Creamy. Smooth. Blueberry bomb! $48 (1754 views)|
| ||Tasted by jjclips2 on 12/4/2009 & rated 87 points: Stemmy nose with whole raspberry bush, cranberry, and orange peel. Lots of baking spices on palate with confirmed berry bushes and herbal streak. Young and austere acidity, light on palate, finishes with touch of earth and mushroom. Needs time in bottle, or is it representative of vint? (1581 views)|
| ||Tasted by Zinlady on 6/14/2009 & rated 86 points: I ws disappointed in this wine - I loved the 2006 - the wine may just be too young. Anyway the first glass there was no aroma, very flat wine. The second time was better - a bit of a finish - the third time I tried it - it tasted medicinal. (1701 views)|
| ||Tasted by swp3 on 10/18/2008 & rated 85 points: I've spent 2 days with this wine and it's still not yielding much. Leather and floral aromatics, but slammed shut in the mouth with flinty cranberry flavors followed by a smokey, tart finish. Unexpected old world style. Antithesis of previous experiences with this vineyard. Clean and lean. Needs years in the bottle, and then we'll see. Try again in Fall of 2010. (1827 views)|
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Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
Resonance Vineyard(From Avalon Wine website)
The Resonance Vineyard is located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley on a south-facing hillside in Yamhill County, just west of Carlton. The vineyard is in the new Yamhill-Carlton District AVA. The Resonance Vineyard sits on a convex portion of a low, west-east oriented ridge emerging out of the Coast Range. The ridge is hook-shaped, wrapping around to the east. The much higher High Heaven Ridge protects the property from the south. Panther Creek flows through the valley created between High Heaven and Resonance. The Coast Range rises immediately to the west of the property, creating a formidable weather barrier. As a result, Resonance is protected from inclement weather and wind on all sides, making it a particularly warm, dry site.
Soils are primarily Willakenzie and Yamhill, but there are areas with virtually no top soil that can only be labeled as shale rock land. The Willakenzie and exposed shale are both old sedimentary deposits that begin at the bottom of the slope. The Yamhill is an ancient, submarine basaltic soil (much older than the more common, basalt-derived Jory and Nekia soils in the Dundee Hills). The Yamhill soil is found near the top of the slope and much of the crown is exposed, broken basalt bedrock.
The wet winters coupled with soils of sufficient water-holding capacity allow dry farming of vines. And the warm summers provide more than adequate heat to fully ripen the fruit. The growing season is very long (over 210 days) and dry which keeps disease and insect pressures at a minimum.
The entire vineyard is on a vertical, upright, shoot-positioned trellis (commonly called a VSP). Spacing on the oldest vines is 8 feet between rows and 6 feet between vines, leaving 908 vines per acre. The most recent plantings are set at 7.5 feet between rows and 5 feet between plants or 1162 vines per acre and 7.5 feet by 4 feet or 1452 vines per acre. All vines are cane pruned with very low head heights of 18-24." The trellis is 6.5 feet high allowing the canopy to grow as high as 7.5 feet before being hedged (which occurs only once). This allows for a large leaf area to accommodate adequate ripening even in cool vintages.
The coarse-grained, ancient marine sediments native to the area are the oldest soils in the valley. These soils drain quickly establishing a natural deficit-irrigation effect. Thus, the vines stop vegetative growth earlier here than elsewhere, leading to more complete ripening, even in cooler growing seasons. This allows Pinot noir to develop deep ruby colors and broad, silky tannins. The mouth-filling wines exude powerful fruit aromas of raspberry, blackberry and black cherries complexed by minerality reminiscent of pipe tobacco, espresso, clove and dark chocolate and accented by scents of rose, violet, lavender and sweet wood smoke. These are alluring, complex, supple gems of Pinot noir to sip and savor.
The vineyard consists of 4 acres of Pommard Pinot noir, 2.5 acres of Pommard Pinot noir (grafted from Muller-Thurgau in 2000) and 1.5 acres of Gewurztraminer all originally planted in 1981, plus 3.5 acres of Wadensvil Pinot noir planted in 1987 and 2 acres of 777 Pinot noir (grafted from Pinot Gris) planted in 1995. An additional 6.5 acres of Pinot noir (evenly split between Wadensvil and Pommard clones) was planted in the spring of 2006.
Until June of 2003, Resonance was named Reed & Reynolds Vineyard. Reed is owner Kevin Chambers middle name, and has been the middle name of the first-born male of his family for several generations. Reynolds is Carla Chambers' maiden name. The Chambers felt the two names offered a pleasant and memorable alliteration, as well as designated their partnership and teamwork that created the vineyard. Nevertheless, after a protracted and expensive trademark battle with a California winery, the Chambers chose to change the name to Resonance.
Virtually all the vines are own-rooted. Of course, this leaves them at risk to phylloxera. But Biodynamic practices, a strong nutritional program and commitment to a diverse, healthy microbial community in the soil significantly mitigates the disease risk. The Chambers believe that plants should be grown on their own root systems rather than be grafted to other species' roots. They feel this leads to healthier plants, better drought tolerance and greater wine quality. A few grafted vines have been planted for experimental purposes, but the intent is to sustain an own-rooted vineyard. At 25 years of age in the oldest blocks, the vines are now yielding profoundly complex wines. It is the Chambers' intent to maintain this "old vine character" in the wines for as long as possible.
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