Mission Codename Fern cryin' out loud
Pinot fans - hear this!!
We have a DOOZY today. A wicked humdingah as they say in Boston.
This checks ALL the boxes.
Massive near perfection 99 points score. A rockstar winemaker. Terrific fruit sourced from the NEWEST AVA in Oregon.
And best of all, it’s more than HALF OFF for you fine-looking Operative joining us today!
Let’s rewind to 2019 when the beloved Guarachi Family headed up to Oregon seeking some epic fruit. That epic fruit comes from Oregon’s newest AVA, the Mount Pisgah of Polk County (we know, it’s a mouthful). With the guidance of winemaker Julian Gonzalez straight from the school of Paul Hobbs having made these wines side by side for years, they always hit it out of the park wherever they go.
This new hot spot for Pinot, minted in 2022, is characterized by the warmth of the Willamette River, the influence of Van Duzer winds, and the protective rain shadow of Laurel Mountain. It’s a tiny AVA inside of Willamette Valley but they are packing in as much awesomeness as possible with dense planting.
The Tasting Panel agreed, giving it a record-breaking rating and commenting that “this may just be one of the best Pinot Noirs we’ve tasted from the Willamette Valley.”
Read that again - and consider some of the heavyweight (and stratospherically priced) Pinots from the area like Antica Terra, Beaux Frères, Bergström, Domaine Drouhin, etc. The Forbes list of 30+ of the best examples had but one or two for lower than this, just sayin’.
Off the charts with flavor. A rush of dark cherry, forest floor straight from heaven, and freshly tanned leather lure you in. On the palate, this is complex with subtle tannins and gorgeous, bright acidity. Think intense cranberry, black tea, baking spices, and a DEEP well of raspberry preserves. Simply brilliant!
More than half off on this beauty is INSANE. Do not pass go without loading up!
99 Points – The Tasting Panel
“This may just be one of the best Pinot Noirs we’ve tasted from the Willamette Valley. Now in its second vintage, the estate wine from Fern Creek Vineyard aged 11 months in 100% French Oak; this time, winemaker Julian Gonzalez crafted a more Burgundian style, with intensity, great minerality, and sturdy acidity. It’s richly appointed with mountain brush, pomegranate, and juicy plum; cocoa-kissed, cherry-soaked earthiness abounds.”
What the Winery Says
2019 Fern Creek Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
- Consulting winemaker
- Paul Hobbs
- Julian Gonzalez
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Willamette Valley, Oregon
- Fern Creek Vineyard
- 11 months
- 100% French oak
- 6 barrels