Our Cuvée Constatin is a nod to the original Flâneur. When renowned poet Charles Baudelaire first wrote about the Flâneur, the connoisseur of modern life, Constantin Guys was his inspiration. Constantin was a stroller, observer and painter of the crowds in the streets of Paris in the mid-19th century.
Truly a snap shot of our red wine production in 2016. This wine is comprised of almost equal parts of our two estate vineyards and shows off a whole cluster character - one element we love to incorporate in various wines for different reasons. Both fruit forward and savory, this concentrated wine has elegant tannins, firm acidity, and a supple texture that frames the dark berry, plum, earth, and spice character.
93 Points James Suckling, 92 Points Vinous & 92 Points International Wine Report
Glimmering red. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, dried cherry, candied rose and baking spice, along with a minerally nuance that emerges slowly with air. Juicy, focused and energetic on the palate, offering intense dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that deepen and pick up a spicy flourish on the back half. The very long, mineral-driven finish shows impressive tension and discreet tannins that sneak in late. 46% of this fruit came from the La Belle Promenade vineyard, 45% from the Flanerie vineyard and 9% from the X-Novo vineyard. -- Josh Raynolds of Vinous
46% La Belle Promenade Vineyard
AVA: Chehalem Mountains • Elevation: 700-820 Ft. • Exposure: North East/South West
Soils: Volcanic (Jory/ Nekia) • Native Yeast Fermentation • Farming Practices: Dry farmed/ Organic Principles
La Belle Promenade is comprised of 33 acres of volcanic soils, with the western portion of the site consisting of a thick layer of fractured basalt. The vineyard was planted in 2014 to 26 acres of Pinot Noir, 5 acres of Chardonnay and 2 acres of Pinot Meunier. Due in part to its high elevation, this site allows for great diversity in concert with our other estate vineyard.
45% Flanerie Vineyard
AVA: Ribbon Ridge • Elevation: 200-300 Ft. • Exposure: East • Soils: Marine Sedimentary (Willakenzie Series) • Native Yeast Fermentation • Farming Practices: Dry farmed/ Organic Principles
The Flanerie Vineyard, planted in 2003, sits facing due east on the southern edge of the Ribbon Ridge AVA. The terrain is comprised of a thin layer of topsoil over a deep seam of marine sedimentary motherock. These dry farmed vines produce intense wines with dark fruit and unique meaty/ savory signature.
9% X-Novo Vineyard
AVA: Eola-Amity • Elevation: 550 Ft. • Exposure: East/ South East • Soils: Volcanic/ decomposed basalt • Clones: 10 clones of Pinot Noir, planted row by row, co-harvested Native Yeast Fermentation • Farming Practices: Sustainable
This is a beautiful site planted with a mix of clones, collected by the owner, Craig Williams, throughout his years working in California wine industry. The finished wines from these deep Jory soils yield a vivid wine that explodes with juicy red fruit.
Bottled September 2017 | 28% Whole Cluster | 3.80 pH | 5.3 g/L TA | 14.5% ABV | 12 Months in Oak Barrels (23% New)