Vincent Wine Company 2014 Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir
An intellectual approach to winemaking
When Vincent Fritzsche became a winemaker, he approached it differently than most.
He took an intellectual approach, reading everything he could about wine - how to taste it, how to grow the grapes, how to make the wine. In the early days of the internet, he joined a chat room full of experienced winemakers from all over the world who enjoyed chatting with each other and sharing their knowledge with the curious rookie.
Next, Vincent expanded his knowledge with hands-on experience at wineries in California.
But when it came to starting his own winery, Vincent settled in Oregon - where he could make wines reminiscent of those he experienced during his extensive travels in Europe.
As a winemaker, he is hands-off, refusing to add yeast, stir the lees, filter, or fuss with the wine. He just carefully sources and selects grapes from a few excellent vineyards in the Willamette Valley and lets the grapes express themselves.
Cellar 503 Tasting Notes
Vincent Wine Company, Amity, Oregon
2014 Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir
When it comes to making Pi not Noir, Vincent Fritzsche works overtime to find the perfect vineyards in premium locations, managed by committed grape growers willing to establish a long-term relationship with him.
This wine is Vincent's blend of three vineyards - Silvershot, Zenith, and Bjornson. Each located is within the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, and as a blend give you a perfect taste of what that region is all about. Eola-Amity Hills is contained on the west side of the Willamette Valley AVA running from Amity down to Salem.
Named for Aelous, the Greek god of the winds, the region is heavily influenced by Pacific winds that steadily blow through a gap in the Coast Range, creating a maritime coolness that makes grapes struggle to survive. (That's a good thing!)
You'll taste dark raspberries complemented by earthy notes, a touch of floral aroma and a spiciness that lingers as a light citrus note closes things out. It'll be great to drink now, or if you've got a backlog, feel free to let this one sit at the back of the shelf until 2018.