2016 Pinot Noir 'Two Pretty Barrels' Cancilla Vineyard
Cancilla Vineyard is a lovely, certified organic, dry farmed vineyard, just north of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in the northern Willamette Valley. It sits close to the Coast Range, exactly halfway between Tillamook and Portland. It's the the coolest, most northerly vineyard we source from, but Cancilla is a relatively warm site compared to its neighbors in the area due to the sheltering effect from the surrounding foothills of the Coast Range, so Pinot Noir can reliably ripen here. During élevage, these two barrels stood out from the rest of the vintage as being especially lovely, so we decided to showcase them on their own and bottle them exclusively for our wine club members. They represent what we're trying to achieve when we make Pinot noir.
92 points John Gilman in View From the Cellar: "Cancilla Vineyard is a certified organic and dry-farmed vineyard, just north of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Brianne Day felt these two barrels stood out from the rest, so she decided to bottle them on their own in 2016. The wine comes in at an even thirteen percent octane and clearly includes a good percentage of whole clusters. The bouquet here wafts from the glass in a mix of black cherries, pomegranate, woodsmoke, fresh herbs, a lovely base of soil, incipient notes of cola, bergamot, a touch of cedar and a top note of sweet stems. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and beautifully balanced, with an excellent core of fruit, ripe, buried tannins, tangy acids and great length and grip on the nascently complex and energetic finish. This is going to be a superb bottle, but it needs some time in the cellar to let those stem tones turn to cinnamon-like spices. 2026-2055." (Jan/Feb 2020)