SUNU 100% Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley is a snapshot of multiple vineyard sites, clonal selections, and winemaking techniques and represents the marine sedimentary soils that we find so compelling in Northern Oregon. It’s a blend of each of our blocks, with individual barrels selected based on their early approachability and youthful generosity. An absolutely incredible value, it’s elegant, complex, and unmistakably Willamette Valley.
A delight straight out of the bottle, the 2019 SUNU is a pure, crystalline ruby, and filled with intense just-ripe strawberries and red cherries, with accents of fresh mushroom, ground spices, and rose petals. Superbly elegant on the palate, yet full and penetrating with crisp red berries and melon leading the way. The finish is a pleasure, supported by silky tannins and fresh acidity. This lovely wine will accompany just about anything you can put on the table and might make you think you’ve stumbled on an old-world treasure.
Nestled on the edge of a tree-capped promontory in the northern reaches of the foothills, Lazy River is a study in juxtaposition; south-facing yet much more sheltered than the surrounding ridges. It sits 400 feet above sea level atop a rare convergence of both marine sediment and volcanic soil. These moderating influences create a unique combination of depth and earthy richness.
The 2019 Lazy River almost shines when it hits the glass with a brilliant, pale ruby hue. The aromas are complex and powerful: cacao, red cherries, fresh fennel, and sandalwood jump out of the glass. The palate is rich and feels almost like a cordial with a velvety texture, spice box, and creamy red fruit packed densely together. The finish is lengthy and fresh, with invigorating acidity supporting, rather than overwhelming the fruit.
High in the windswept Coast Range, one lone, basalt boulder sits like an ancient and solitary guardian to Lonesome Rock Vineyard. At 700ft above sea level, the site paradoxically combines cool temperatures with an unusual proliferation of “heat-trapping” chunks of stone mixed throughout the soil; a perfect setting for the early ripening 667 and 777 clones. The ample hang time they are given here gives exotically spiced, vibrant, and pure-fruited Pinot Noir.
The 2019 Lonesome Rock is a stunner, simultaneously sensual and floral, swirling with dark raspberries and cherries, wet earth, and dried herbs. The rich palate is dense and concentrated but manages to carry both red and black fruit with a graceful sense of elegance and freshness. This duet of beautiful fruit and intense minerality is ever so attractive out of the bottle but will undoubtedly continue to grow in the cellar.
Aromas of fresh red cherries, strawberries, grated nutmeg and violets. Medium-bodied with bright and zesty acidity. Velvety tannins. Fresh and crisp with a solid core of red fruit. Orange peel and fresh cream at the finish. Delightful. Best after 2024.
Matteri is a unique vineyard in the far North of Yamhill Carlton devoted solely to Pinot Noir. It sits alone on a South-facing ridge, isolated at 550 feet of elevation. Robert Matteri first planted here in 2011 and our blocks consist of Dijon 115, which is praised for its round, supple tannins and exotic aromatics. The Coastal Mountains provide a pronounced rain-shadow effect at Matteri, making this a cool, dry, and wind-swept vineyard with a long growing season. The result is concentrated fruit with small clusters and thick skins providing intensity and structure.
The 2019 Matteri is a dynamic wine, full of creamy black fruit, hibiscus, incense, leather, and citrus zest. The palate is texturally beguiling, alternating between rocky minerality, savory concentration, and lush power. The 2019 vintage shows typically substantial structure, but the lovely balance of polished tannins and mouthwatering acidity indicates serious cellar potential to come.
100% Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Production, Matteri Vineyard
A firm, linear wine with a tight center palate. Creamy and polished texture with really fine tannins that provide a caressing mouth-feel. Medium to full body. Savory finish. A wine that needs time to open and soften. Drink after 2025.
The stunningly beautiful Saffron Fields lies on the Eastern edge of Yamhill Carlton, nestled above Shea Vineyard to the south. The vineyard was planted in 2007 on a promontory 400 feet above sea level by Dr. Angela Summers and Sanjeev Lahoti with high-density Pinot Noir vines that have been sustainably farmed since. Our blocks at Saffron utilize Pommard, a sought-after and early-ripening clone known for its intense inky spice and meaty character. The combination of lower elevation and orientation that maximizes mid-day sun makes Saffron Fields our warmest and earliest-ripening site. Pairing the early-blooming and powerful Pommard with Saffron’s substantial heat makes for a wine with blockbuster potential.
The 2019 Saffron Fields displays the structural elements of the site, a massive and dense wine that still manages a supple mouthfeel. For all of the intensity, this isn’t just about the power. Intriguing aromas of black cherries and raspberries, plum compote, and nutmeg emerge immediately, supported by a distinct saline/rocky core. The tannins, while present, are ripe and fine, supporting a minutes-long finish that is broad and expressive. Decant this now to reveal the magic or let it grow in the cellar.
100 % Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Production, Saffron Fields Vineyard
Plums and dried fruit with some cinnamon undertones, following through to a full body with fine, creamy tannins and a juicy finish. Nice and attractive ripe fruit in the center-palate. Drinkable now, but better in a year or two.
One of Oregon’s most iconic vineyards, Shea is planted over two separate and very distinct slopes. The earliest plantings were on West Hill, a vineyard of mostly soft, rolling contours with one notable exception: The Ravine. Lined with fir trees and jarringly steep, the thin soils create an exceptional landscape that produces wines in vibrant contrast to other parcels of Shea, full of heady aromatics, floral perfume, and rich texture.
The elegant belle to its brooding East Hill brother, the 2019 Shea West Hill is delightfully charming. It shows loads of bright red fruit, blood orange, cranberry relish, and exotic perfume of rose petals, violets, and lilacs. The palate caresses with plush richness and bright acidity, supported by silky tannins and just enough minerality to keep things intriguing. While this undoubtedly continues to unfurl in the cellar, it’s hard to imagine a prettier picture than what it’s showing right now.
100% Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Production, Shea East Hill Vineyard
Shea Vineyard is located in the far East of Yamhill Carlton, on the border of Dundee Hills. Dick Shea first planted Pinot Noir in 1989 and has made the vineyard an icon with meticulous vineyard practice, sustainable farming, and an array of clonal diversity. Shea is separated into two slopes by a small valley and our blocks are planted with the Wädenswil clone on the dramatically steep, east-facing hill. Wädenswil is a late-ripening clone prized for its elegant rose petal aromatics, bright acidity, and fine dance between power and finesse. The East Hill is perfectly suited for Wädenswil as it receives ample early morning sun and sees a long growing season, allowing the fruit to ripen slowly, developing deep character and complexity.
The denser, more brooding of the two Shea siblings, the 2019 Shea East Hill is nonetheless an extraordinarily complex wine. Rich red and black berries, fresh watermelon, cranberry, and pomegranate almost vibrate with tension in the glass. There’s a savory side as well, with pine needles, orange peel, fresh herbs, rocky soil, and exotic spice. The palate is dense and vibrant, with polished tannins and a long finish that ends with pronounced salinity.
100% Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Production, Shea East Hill Vineyard
After years of methodical searching, we’ve found several extraordinary vineyard parcels, each reflecting a different facet of Pinot’s elegant and seductive breadth. These vineyards make up SUNU Pinot Noir
Planted with the Wädenswil clone on a dramatically steep, east-facing hill. Shea East Hill is one of two iconic vineyards that is famed for meticulous vineyard practice, sustainable farming, and an array of clonal diversity.
A vineyard of mostly soft, rolling contours with one notable exception: The Ravine. Lined with fir trees and jarringly steep, the thin soils create an exceptional landscape that produces wines in vibrant contrast to other parcels of Shea East Hill.
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