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Atticus Wine 2018 Pinot Noir

On vacation, they decided to stay...

Who hasn’t been on vacation and dreamed of chucking it all and staying right there? Well, that’s exactly what Ximena Orrego and Guy Insley did in 2004.

After tasting a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir at a restaurant in Florida, they decided to travel to the Willamette Valley for vacation. On a lark, they asked a realtor to show them some land. One thing led to another, and soon they were planting vines just outside of Yamhill, Oregon. It was just another adventure for a couple that’s led a global life. Ximena is from Peru and has lived in Venezuela and British Columbia. Guy was born in Hong Kong, raised in France (and served in the French army), and lived in Scotland.

By 2007, the vines were maturing, and they moved to Oregon with their two young children in tow. Ximena took winemaking classes at Chemeketa Community College and interned at Raptor Ridge under the watchful eye of winemaker Scott Shull.

Today, Atticus is growing deliberately and carefully, with an intentional approach that’s winning over fans that discover their wines. Now it’s your turn!

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Atticus Wine, Yamhill, Oregon
2018 Pinot Noir

Part of the Willamette Valley AVA, the Yamhill-Carlton AVA has unique growing conditions that create unique wines. Surrounded by the Coast Mountain Range which soars up to 3000 ft. and provides a ‘rain shadow’ effect over the area. The Chehalem Mountain is to the north and the Dundee Hills are to the east.

With well-drained marine sedimentary soils, the vines stop growing shoots and leaves earlier here than other areas in the valley, leading to riper fruit, even in cooler growing seasons. This results in a darker, more intense Pinot Noir.

The Atticus Pinot Noir has a lush, fragrant nose of rose petals and lavender. The palate reminds you of fresh cherries, brambles, and earthiness. This is an elegant almost ethereal wine that is well balanced with an elegant mouthfeel and a long finish.

Less than 350 cases made.

A Cellar 503 selection in May 2021, Women in Wine Yamhill-Carlton | Pinot Noir