Hyland Pinot Noir 2018
A Wine That
is testament to a little piece of Oregon wine history; this vineyard is planted to the iconic 'Coury' clone — mysterious vines that were brought over from France in the 60s. This wine, made with Kelley's gentle hands-off approach, is all about vibrancy. Think cool red fruits; raspberry sorbet and strawberry gelato, but never too sweet; there's a herbal, wild edge to this too. The ideal wine for Pinot lovers to take a deep dive into. In Kelley's words, it's full of 'red energy'.
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- Winemaker: Kelley Fox
Where and How?
Kelley first experienced the wines from this special place many years ago, so when she had the chance to work with it, she jumped at the chance. Hyland is close to the Coast Range that separates the Willamette Valley from the Pacific Ocean. Originally planted in 1971, it’s one of Oregon’s oldest vineyards. Her block is franc de pied (own-rooted, not grafted) vines planted in 1988, and the soil is red Jory (volcanic with some silt, clay, and loam). The slope of this block is partly north-facing and partly west-facing, but a beautiful forest borders the block along the west-facing slope, providing some shading during the long summer afternoons. The legendary Charles Coury introduced this mysterious clone (known as the “Coury clone”) of Pinot Noir into Oregon back in the 60s. Kelley says, "wine from these vines has a fine red character that is, in a subtle way, inimitable."
The wine was fermented naturally with 30% whole bunches, after which it aged in old oak barrels.
The Winemaker: Kelley Fox
Oregon natural winemaker, Kelley Fox, is one of the pioneers in the Dundee Hills for creating soulful low intervention organically farmed expressions of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, particularly from the renowned Maresh Farms. Kelley is the steward of the vines she rents and farms near her home, and the person who turns their fruit into wine. And as she tells us, earnestly; “someone asked me recently if I call myself a natural wine producer, and truthfully, the answer is that I don’t have a title. My wines are made for anyone in a body; if it’s delicious to them, and alleviates even the smallest bit of human condition.”
It’s not about owning land, or achieving status or winning hearts; Kelley’s place as a winemaker is to bring to life the ‘message or song’ of a place.
Although she doesn't own land, Kelley rents give vineyards. The majority of her fruit comes from the Maresh vineyard in Dundee Hills (planted in 1970 and run by the Maresh family—good friends of hers), and the Weber Vineyard, also in Dundee Hills and planted in 1978. It is a magical, wild place. She explains,
“It’s mostly volcanic soils, silt clay. Maresh vineyard is truly a farm; it wasn’t planted to be a vineyard as a monoculture where, you know, Oregon White Oak trees were stripped and all the trees were cleared and you just see rows and rows of vines. No, you see a pruned farm and it still has stands of walnut trees, some 100 years old. And cherry trees—heirloom cherries—and open land and forest that is not farmed at all; a place for the bees.”