2011 Easkoot Willamette Valley Pinot Noir


This wine is not for everyone... The Easkoot Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was harvested from the Johan Vineyard in the Valley’s Van Duiser Corridor, with Helvetia, Steiwer and Santiam silts soils.
Here winds from the pacific create the coldest corner within the coldest AVA of the valley. Add to this the coldest growing season on record and you achieve ripeness at just 12.2% alcohol.

Most anyone who tasted this wine blind mistook it for a Burgundy. This is not to brag about quality. There is a lot of bad wine made in this famed wine region.
It's just to express what this wine ain't: It's not the typical silky and luscious red you might have come to love and expect when you buy a domestic Pinot Noir. Instead this wine shows quite some bite from racy acidity and biting tannin structure.

So please, if you don't consider yourself a serious geek, try our other wines before you go for this Easkoot pure breed. Actually, don't try this wine. Thanks.
Shane McManigle got to know the vines of the Chileno Valley and grower Mark Pasternak while making a wine for another label, but all the while longed to get his hands on his own bit of the block. Not necessarily to do something better— Shane is, after all, a wickedly talented winemaker and he is not going to turn out something he wouldn’t himself uncork proudly at the table (particularly a table laden with food cooked by his chef wife, Abby McManigle)— but to do something different that spoke to the unique climate of where the vines are planted.

When his dogged determination paid off and he was given the option of two acres, he opted not to sell the farm to express his vision and he took the idea to two like-minded wine friends- Emily and Stephan Schindler, who quickly came on board. Shane steered this boat through the 2009 vintage, but a siren call came from a winery in Oregon- a call he could not refuse. His wife was also offered the Chef de Cuisine position at a hip restaurant in the same environs, so off they went.

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  • Winemaker: Shane McManigle
  • Grower: Daniel J. Rinke
  • Region: Oregon
  • Subregion: Wilamette Valley
  • Appelation: Wilamette Valley - Perrydale Hills (not yet officially) Valley
  • Vineyard: Johan Vineyard

Easkoot Whilamette Valley Pinot Noir

Wine info

  • Vintage: 2011
  • Volume: 750 ml
  • Farming Standard: Biodynamic
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol: 13.2
  • Residual Sugar: 1.2
  • Harvest Date: Harvest Date: November 1st, 2011 @ 20.5 Brix
  • Fermentation: Spontaneous in open tank.
  • Oak Treatment: Only used oak.
  • Production: 100 cases.