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Formerly Old School Vineyards, this high elevation vineyard is 800 feet above sea level, what is considered the a viable elevation limit for growing Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. Diurnal variation is extreme which tends to allow the grapes to hold onto acidity. The soil is uniquely bellpine, a silty clay loam over sandstone parent material. It is the most depleted of all classified vineyard soil types in Oregon. The top soil is very thin and roots must extended very deep. The vines are not irrigated.
Stephen Hagen bought the property in 1999 and planted about 21 acres of wine grapes. The vines were farmed organically and many sheep, ducks, geese, and dogs roamed among the vines. Plowing was done with two Belgian draft horses.
The grapes have been purchased over the years by Antica Terra and Broadley Vineyards. The Antiquum Farm wines are crafted by winemaker Drew Voit.
2012 Antiquum Farm Juel Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 225 cases, $37. A meticulously farmed vineyard with native cover crops at a high elevation with thin soils. Clones are Pommard, Wädenswil, 777, 667 and 115. Aged in 40% new French oak. · Very dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is shy and brooding, offering demure aromas of purple and black berry jam. The deep berry and plum flavor tends to be more generous over time in the glass. A noticeable thread of acidity runs through the background. The tannins are mildly aggressive but the mouth feel is still plush. There is amazing length on the finish which displays a touch of alcoholic heat. The most reserved wine among the 2012 Pinot Noirs crafted by Drew Voit. Score: 91. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Antiquum Farm Passiflora Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 45 cases, $55. Aged in 60% new French oak. · Very dark reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with scents of spiced marionberries, rose petal and vanillin oak. Deeply flavored with a full monty of blackberry and marionberry fruits that are beautifully offset by the generous oak treatment and fine-grain tannins. An engaging wine of uncommon presence that has a juicy cut of acidity in the background. This wine has all the components for a long life ahead. My only nit is the sense of alcoholic heat on the finish. Score: 93. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »