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Domaine De Broglie Pinot Noir Block C 2017

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Boasts spice notes and a long, dramatic finish

Intense fragrance and good balance

Retail: $56.00
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Domaine de Broglie, 2017 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Block C – Clone 777

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. 

DUNDEE HILLS

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.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES

The 2017 vintage began with a cool, wet spring, which delayed bud break, bloom, and set. Though temperatures were mild until July, ripeness eventually caught up so that harvest commenced on schedule by the middle of October. Domaine de Broglie features a number of Dijon clones. Block C, an 8-acre parcel, is planted exclusively with Clone 777 and resides at the highest altitude of all our vineyards. This block is shaped like a spherical cap, giving it sun exposure on all sides. Block C also presents our sweetest selections of fruit and those with the most predominant floral qualities. Clone 777 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. This clone can bring the best from the terroir it’s planted on.

TASTING NOTES 

This Pinot Noir displays tremendous complexity. Darkly colored with a purple hue, the wine offers an intense fragrance, good balance, and firm tannins. Aromas of red currant, cherry, hyacinth, and baking spice are tinged with a hint of earth. The palate is silky and round with sweet flavors emboldened by spice notes and a long, dramatic finish. 

Appellation: Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon | Block C – Clone 777

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Barrel Regimen: 10 months in French oak

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