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Domaine de Broglie Pinot Noir Block B 2017

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Aromas of red berries and cedar

Offers a savory, supple, melted oak palate

Retail: $56.00
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Domaine de Broglie, 2017 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Block B – Clone 114

From the time he was a child, Francis Ford Coppola had such a keen interest in engineering and technology that his family nicknamed him ‘Science.’ Over the years, Francis has paid tribute to a number of scientific achievements by naming wines and spirits after some of history’s greatest minds. With The Family Coppola’s new property in Oregon, Francis wanted to endow the estate with a name that honored the scientific accomplishments of Maison de Broglie, a noble house of France, whose contributions to physics and quantum theory resulted in a Nobel Prize for Louis de Broglie, a man whose scientific contributions coincided with those of Albert Einstein.


Domaine de Broglie is located in the Dundee Hills, a single continuous landmass in the northern part of the Willamette Valley that rises roughly 800 feet above the valley floor, essentially making the region its own vinicultural island. The coastal mountain range protects the hills from heavy precipitation and windstorms, giving the region the added benefit of moderate rain and less frigid nighttime temperatures to protect against frost and fog. Unlike other Willamette Valley appellations that have numerous types of sedimentary soils from glacial floods, wind carried soils from the valley floor, and a mix of old and new volcanic material, the Dundee Hills features Jory soils, a rich red clay formed by ancient volcanic basalt. Pinot Noir grown in Dundee Hills therefore exhibits texture and weight as well as earth, floral, and mineral attributes. Pinot Noir was first planted here in 1965, and a mere twenty years later it was considered one of the premier Pinot Noir regions in the world. Domaine de Broglie resides less than one mile from where the first Pinot Noir vines were planted in the Dundee Hills, and today the area is considered as the origination for some of Oregon’s most acclaimed Pinot Noir vineyards.


After several warm seasons that resulted in early harvests, the 2017 vintage began with a cool, wet spring, which delayed bud break, bloom, and set. Even though temperatures were mild until July, ripeness eventually caught up and resulted in a crop of big, lush fruit with exquisite balance. Block B is the oldest block planted on the property. Clone 114 was introduced to the Willamette Valley in the 1970s and 1980s as the local industry worked with the University of Burgundy in France to introduce new Pinot Noir vines that would flourish in the unique terroir of Oregon wine country. Facing east toward Mt. Hood, this fruit produces small clusters with small berries, giving it a higher skin to juice ratio than our other blocks. This typically results in wines that are darker in color, more tannic, and expressive of black fruits; although that wasn’t the case with this vintage due to the late season heat.


There is a vibrancy and freshness to our Block B Pinot Noir this year. Boasting garnet color and aromas of cranberry, pomegranate, cherry, and cedar, red berry flavors follow the nose and flow into a savory, supple, melted oak palate where the tannins are subtle and much less aggressive than with some of our other wines. This wine finishes beautifully as a medley of spice notes emerges. 

Appellation: Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon | Block B - Clone 114

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Barrel Regimen: 10 months in French oak

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