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Domaine De Broglie Pinot Noir Block G 2017

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Big, lush, and intense classic aromas

Bold and strong palate with an elegant finish

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Domaine de Broglie, 2017 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Block G - Pommard Clone 

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

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 so that harvest commenced on schedule. Block G was the first fruit picked early October. This parcel ripens more quickly because it rests at a slightly lower elevation where the climate is a bit warmer. The 4-acre block is planted with two different Pinot Noir clones: 777 and Pommard. While we typically use this block’s fruit for blending, the 2017 Pommard lots demonstrated such beautiful texture and complexity that we decided to keep it for its own stand-alone Block G bottling. As the original Pinot Noir clone planted in the Willamette Valley, Pommard has been the workhorse of the Oregon wine industry and helped to build the region’s reputation for world-class Pinot Noir.

TASTING NOTES

Big, lush, and intense, this fruit-forward Pinot Noir demonstrates tremendous balance between ripeness, acidity, and tannins. This is our darkest, most opaquely hued wine of the vintage. Presenting classic aromas of Bing cherry, fresh cranberry, and a hint of cinnamon, the palate is bold with strong, ripe tannins and excellent weight. Notes of anise emerge on the long, elegant finish. 

Appellation: Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon | Block G - Pommard Clone

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Barrel Regimen: 10 months in French oak

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