2013 Pinot Noir

Yates Conwill Vineyard

We’ve been making Pinot noir off the Yates Conwill Vineyard for several years. It sits on the same hillside - right across a fence - from the famed Resonance Vineyard and is managed by the same folks. The owners are Steve and Kathy Conwill, who are as nice a couple as you are likely to meet.

Steve bought and planted the site because he loved the Pinots we made off Resonance.

He wanted to grow Pinot Noir that was just as good. Year by year the Yates Conwill Pinot noir approaches the Resonance in quality. The 2013 makes another big step in that direction. With the sale of Resonance to Louis Jadot (which means Kevin Chambers will no longer be managing it), watch as the Yates Conwill Vineyard surpasses its inspiration.

We figured this vineyard would do good things, noting its location and management.

Imagine our surprise and delight to have the first wine, the 2007, off this vineyard be so good and then to follow it with a beautiful 2008, then a beautiful 2009, then a gorgeous 2010, then the 2011, followed by the highly intense 2012, and now this!

Mind you, strict selection went into the barrels chosen for the 2013 Yates Conwill Pinot. 2013 was a very interesting (read challenging) vintage. It was setting up to be much like 2012 - big, ripe and early. Near the end of September a remnant of a typhoon swept across the state, dumping record rain in much of Oregon. Some wineries harvested prior to the rains. Some harvested during or shortly after. Some of us waited weeks to harvest.

We picked one block of one vineyard before the rains, another the week after and most of the rest after October 24th. Tasting the different lots pretty much tells the tale of the harvest. The batch picked prior was sugar-ripe, but a little green. The batch picked the week after was okay, but not special. By contrast, the later harvested blocks are incredible! These became the 2013 Yates Conwill Pinot Noir.