Lemelson Vineyards Cuvée X Pinot Noir 2018 | Mouthwatering Vibrancy from Matt Wengel!
Lemelson has been a Wine Access favorite and surefire sellout for seven years. The 2018 Cuvée X, grown in an all-time-great vintage and blended from barrels chosen for their mouthwatering vibrancy, is one of the Willamette Valley’s top values. Lemelson Vineyards Cuvée X Pinot Noir 2018 presents a delicate ruby color in the glass. Aromas of fresh and dried roses open the door to an exotic realm with incense and spice. The mouthfeel is dominated by dark plum and pomegranate full of energy and finesse.
The Lemelson Vineyards Cuvée X Pinot Noir 2018 is harvested from organically farmed estate vines in Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, and Yamhill-Carlton, the 2018 Cuvée X benefited from a summer that powered on like a driver taking a second victory lap. The grapes hung long on the vines, slowly ripening in the soft September sun, letting their immense complexity and concentration come to bear. When it was all said and done, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate had scored the 2018 vintage as the Willamette Valley’s greatest ever.
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.
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.