Mirabai Pinot Noir 2019
A Wine That
is all about showing the soul of lovingly tended Dundee Hills vineyards, Maresh and Weber. Kelley describes the wine beautifully, saying, "True to the Dundee Hills, this Mirabai begins with a beautiful, fresh strawberry nose with subtle spices and tastes of the same carried by the lightest drape of silk. To me, this luminous Mirabai is both heart-warming and uplifting." We couldn't agree more.
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- Winemaker: Kelley Fox
Where and How?
From the Dundee Hills A.V.A of Oregon, this is a blend of the Maresh and Weber vineyards; including fruit from old vines planted in the 1970s. The wine fermented naturally, with around 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.”