We are proud to present a very special tasting with a special winemaker: Stephen Hagen of Antiquum Farm.
Antiquum Farm is not your everyday vineyard and winery. Stephen has developed his own grazing-based methods of working the land, some of the best in the Willamette Valley, to produce pinot noir and pinot gris that is breathtaking. He believes and practices virtual zero-input agriculture because he wants you to discover the true personality of the individual site that can only be expressed through the combination of the absence of external additions and the flourishing of living soils. Their practices are not designed for maximum profit but is a vision based on passion, principles, ambition, and intuition.
Antiquum Farm fruit is unlike any other in the world and the wines reflect the care and attention paid in the vineyard by Stephen and his family. We are lucky to have Stephen in the Shop to talk about and taste through his wines with us!
- 2016 Daisy Pinot Gris: This is a bone dry Pinot Gris that is focused and precise. It is all about texture, crisp acidity, and minerality. Citrus and floral components blend seamlessly with pom fruits, pear, creamy lemon curd, river stone and metallic notes. The fruit was picked on October 1st and 5th before sunrise to insure it remained cool during crush and it was pressed with a soft touch. The wine was fermented in 50% stainless steel and 50% neutral French oak. It rested on lees for 5 months during with time it was stirred to extract complexity and texture before being allowed to settle naturally before bottling.
- 2015 Juel Pinot Noir: This is a Pinot Noir that is unlike any you have tasting before (and don’t just take my word for it, Dave McIntyre agrees). This bottle is 100% estate fruit that is a combination of “high-pitched, tightly wound blocks” and more generous, open, luscious fruit. It is at once both hi-toned and deep. It is lush and focused. It has great acidity with confectionary bramble fruit. Underneath those fruity notes, there is more, because this is not a wine for quickly quaffing. Settle into a comfy seat and delve deeply into this bottle, it will reward you for your patience. (350 cases produced)
- 2016 Juel Pinot Noir: Okay, this is a truly special treat! Come out and come these vintages of Antiquum Farm’s signature blend to see what a difference a year makes! These two wines were made from the same vineyards by the sames hands in the same way: they both underwent a three day cold soak and were fermented on native and cultured yeasts with punch downs 3 times daily before being aged in 40% New French Oak for 11 months. So, explore the difference in the seasons! (550 cases produced)
- 2016 Passiflora Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is a truly deceptive grape and Passiflora shows just how much it can confound. Passifora is an expression of the most exotic elements of Antiquum Farm. This vineyard is known for it’s unusual ability to ripen to extreme levels without losing its abundant natural acidity. This is another wine that challenges what a pinot is and isn’t. This wine is boldly aromatic and richly powerful. “Passiflora grits its teeth, closes its eyes, and steers into the crazy spin that is the voice of Antiquum Farm.” (200 cases produced)
On the night, we will have the 2016 Daisy, 2015 Juel, and 2016 Passiflora available for purchase. Additionally, you will be able to preorder 2016 Juel and 2016 Luxuria, a Pinot Noir that is a clear expession of a specific micro-site within the greater Antiquum Farm.