Lemelson Vineyards Cuvée X Pinot Noir 2016 | Pinot Panache from Matt Wengel!
Lemelson Vineyards Cuvée X Pinot Noir 2016 presents Dark at the core with a magenta rim. An explosion of purple and red flowers leads to juicy, dark cherries and wild raspberries. While then given further complexity by holiday spice and a hint of dust. This has a wonderfully juicy mid-palate and a long, mouthwatering finish.
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The Lemelson Vineyards Cuvée X Pinot Noir 2016 is a special blend that comes from a selection of individual barrels. Around halfway through the 15-month aging process of their flagship Pinot, the team tastes through the wines. Then identifying the ones whose fruit and earth character combine in perfect harmony. Hence, no longer needing to spend time in oak. From there they head to the tank, and then on to bottling.
Lemelson Vineyards began as a dream. Most of all a dream to create a winery that celebrates innovation in technology, sustainability in agriculture, and tradition in winemaking. So, Eric Lemelson started Lemelson Vineyards with the intention of building something that would not only serve our consumers. But also developing the longevity of the pristine state that he calls home. Utilizing organic farming methods and gravity flow production, we craft estate-grown Pinot noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Riesling from some of the finest vineyards in the Willamette Valley.
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Since the inaugural release of the 1999 vintage in October 2001, Lemelson Vineyards is dedicated to producing some of the world’s finest Pinot noir. So, Eric Lemelson fell in love with Pinot noir’s subtle flavors and distinct textures early in the 1990s. He planted his first vineyard in 1995, five years after moving to a Yamhill County farm. Just two years later, realizing that he loved the work involved in growing wine grapes, he planted an additional 30 acres of Pinot noir. And then began planning for the construction of a sophisticated, gravity-flow winery.
Winemaker Matt Wengel
While graduating with honors from the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology program was just the start for Matt. After completing several harvests in Sonoma County, he journeyed to South Africa. While there, swimming with Great White sharks off the coast while making wine in Stellenbosch at Warwick Estate. Later he learned Spanish in the Bio-Bio Valley in Chile. And of course, getting to know Chilean winemakers and the wonderful local culture.
Matt has always wanted to come to Oregon and is loving making beautiful wines at Lemelson Vineyards. Lemelson’s commitment to terroir-driven, minimalist intervention winemaking from organically farmed estate vineyards is his dream-come-true job.