About This Wine
Ben Hawes and Megan Hawes Lockhart know what it takes to make great Pinot Noir.
They are the owners of Big Barrel Farm & Vineyard (a.k.a. Wirtz Vineyard), one of the oldest post-Prohibition wine estates in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Most of the vines were planted during the 1960s and ’70s with shoots brought in stealthily from France.
“Simple, straightforward and sustainable practices in the vineyard make for healthy and balanced vines over time,” Megan tells us. “In the winery, low input, low impact and low energy systems — as well as thoughtful oenological practices — help make a more balanced Pinot Noir.”
Megan then reveals the winery’s “secret formula” for success: “Balanced vines plus balanced wines equals happy customers.” Explaining the unusual name selected for the Sinful Vine Pinot Noir, she adds: “It is not a sin to have more than your share of fun.” The members of our tasting panel couldn’t agree more.
About Pinot Noir
Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Oregon’s Willamette Valley Growing Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Minty Herbs, Sweet Tobacco, Savory Meat and Sweet-Spiced Sandalwood
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled salmon, or a mushroom pizza.
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