Coeur De Terre Vineyard

Owner(s) Lisa Neal, Scott Neal
Web site www.cdtvineyard.com
 
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Coeur De Terre Vineyard

Established in 1998 by Scott and Lisa Neal, the vineyard is located in the Coast Range foothills of the McMinnville appellation west of the town of McMinnville, Oregon. Coeur de Terre, which is French for “Heart of the Earth,” was inspired by a large heart-shaped rock found during the establishment of the estate vineyard. The 50-acre property includes a winery and 23 acres planted primarily to Pinot Noir in soils of both sedimentary and volcanic origins. The owners planted the vineyard themselves and it has been farmed using organic and sustainable methods since its inception. Over 80,000 vines were hand grafted at the estate’s nursery and have been the parent material for all the vineyard after the initial Renelle's Block planting. The vineyard was established from 1999 to 2007 with multiple Pinot Noir clones including Dijon 115, 667 and 777, Pommard, Wädenswil, and field blend selections.

Coeur de Terre produces Pinot Noir (an Oregon Pinot Noir, Estate Pinot Noir and four block-designated Pinot Noirs), Pinot Gris, Riesling and Rosé. Pinot Noir winemaking is traditional using small open top fermenters, employing a cold soak when appropriate, manual punch downs, and using both indigenous and cultured yeast strains. The wines are racked directly to barrel with free run kept separate from press fractions. Aging is carried out for 10 to 18 months in French oak barrels (40% new for the reserve, block-designated wines). A gravity flow system is employed in the winery.

The Coeur de Terre Pinot Noirs are impressive for the taste of McMinnville terroir in the wines and the winemaking is impeccable.

The winery is open by appointment (503-472-3976, extension 2).

Reviewed Wines

2013 Coeur de Terre Vineyard McMinnville Willamette Valley Rustique Rosé

12.9% alc., $20. A saignée of estate Syrah with a touch of Riesling. · Moderate pinkish red color and clear in the glass. Aromas of strawberry, cherry and herbs echoed on the flavorful palate that is crisp and rewarding. Medium-bodied, with flavors of strawberry, cranberry, and peppery spice. Finishes with a panoply of flavors including tart cherry, raspberry, strawberry and herbs. A great summer fling. Score: 89. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Estate Abby’s Block Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.54, 68 cases, $N/A. Release November 2014. This block is mid slope in the vineyard. Clones are a selection of vines from the estate vineyard (Pommard, 667, 777, 113, 114 and 115) and grafted in the estate nursery. 4- day cold soak, indigenous and commercial yeast fermentation, aged 13 months in 30% new, 35% once-filled and 35% twice-filled French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is to die for, with bright aromas of fresh black cherries and spice. The most elegant and refined and most appealing of the block-designated wines. The fruit is dark red rather than black in profile and more juicy and uplifting. The balance is spot-on, the tannins are less daunting, and the dark red cherry finish is alluring. Score: 92. Reviewed December 11, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Estate Renelle’s Block Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.56, 79 cases, $N/A. Release November 2014. Sourced from the original estate plantings (1999) which are a mixture of 9 clones (Pommard and two Wädenswil and several Dijon clones) and several rootstocks. This is the mother block for the rest of the estate vineyard plantings. 4-day cold soak, indigenous and commercial yeast fermentation. Aged 13 months in 45% new, 30% once-filled, and 25% twice-filled French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Restrained aromas of blackberry and black plum with a tug of charred oak. Very generous on the palate with a sappy, even sweet, charge of purple and black fruits. Substantial tannins match the fruit load. Oak plays a large role in the experience at present. Hard to find any terroir here, but the magnificent fruit is luscious. Needs time to integrate the oak and tannins. Score: 90-91. Reviewed December 11, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Estate Sarah Jane’s Block Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.54, 87 cases, $N/A. Release November 2014. Sarah Jane’s Block was the second estate block planted. Traditional Willakenzie soils. Clones are Pommard, 667, 777, 113, 114, and 115. 4-day cold soak, indigenous and commercial yeast fermentation, aged 13 months in 40% new, 30% oncefilled and 30% twice-filled French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Inky dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry jam, fennel, and conifer. A full-bodied, very savory, earthy wine featuring black fruit and black tea flavors. Juicy and trim with the savory component adding interest. The daunting tannins tend to swallow up the luscious fruit. More like Syrah than Pinot. Score: 89-90. Reviewed December 11, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Estate Tallulah’s Run Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.76, TA 0.55, 67 cases, $N/A. Clones 115, 667 and 777. 4-day cold soak, indigenous and commercial yeast fermentation, aged 13 months in 40% new, 30% once-filled and 30% twicefilled French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Inky dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry, black currant and ollaliberry syrup. Sappy purple fruits coat the tongue with layers of flavor. Bold tannins match the hedonistic fruit in a balanced recipe. The huge fruit-filled finish leaves a stunning impression. Closer to Syrah than Pinot, but a voluptuous wine that is hard to ignore. Nicely crafted in this style. Score: 90. Reviewed December 11, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Estate The Heritage Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.575, 466 cases, $N/A. Harvest Brix 24.2º. Release November 2014. A selection from all four blocks of the estte vineyard. Both younger and mature vines. Aged sur lie for 12 months in 35% new, 30% once-filled, 25% twice-filled and 10% neutral French oak. · Inky dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very ripe fruited with aromas of blackberry, black currant, raisin and vanilla. Rich and full-bodied, with a charge of very ripe purple and black fruits and a touch of strawberry and spice mixed in. The charge of tannins on the finish overwhelms the fruit now and needs time to soften. Score: 89. Reviewed December 11, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $19, screwcap. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Initial aromas of blackberry, plum and sweet oak tend to fade over time in the glass. Mid to full-bodied spice black plum and black raspberry fruit. Very forward and generous with a muscular tannin load. A fruit bomb with complimentary oak and an intensely fruity finish. Score: 86. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.61, 2,480 cases, $26. Released May 15, 2014. Average harvest Brix 24.3º. 50% estate vineyard fruit with the rest from other vineyards in the McMinnville AVA and one vineyard that borders the AVA. Multiple clones including Pommard, Wädenswil, 113, 114, 115, 667, 777 and Coury selection. Indigenous and commercial yeast fermentation, aged 11 months sur lie in 20% new, 40% once-filled, 30% twice-filled and 10% neutral French oak barrels. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of black cherry, dried herbs and oak spice. Mid weight + flavors of dark plum and boysenberry. Highly flavorful with complimentary tannins and juicy acidity. Easy to like. Score: 88. Reviewed December 11, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Coeur de Terre Vineyard McMinnville Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.61, 1,580 cases, $22, screwcap. Released September 17, 2012. Harvest Brix 22.5º. 60% Estate with the remaining fruit from the McMinnville AVA. Both young and old vines. Clones are Pommard, Wädenswil, Coury, 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777. Aged 11 months in 20% new, 40% once filled, 30% twice filled and 10% neutral French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of strawberries, hard red candy, leaf and straw replicated in the flvors with the addition of a touch of watermelon and dried hay. The tannins are very supple and the wine exhibits zingy acidity which lifts the finish. A go-to daily drinker. Decent. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Estate McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., $36. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Perfumed with scents of raspberry, blackberry and toasted oak. Mid weight core of juicy, oak-infused black cherry and darker berry fruits. Currently showing a generous oak sheen and plenty of tannin, both of which should integrate with more time in bottle. Score: 89. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Abby’s Block McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $65. Planted in 1999 to 9 clones and is the mother block for the rest of the vineyard plantings. · Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. Rich, sumptuous nose offering an array of darker red and black stone and berry fruits with a touch of oak-driven aromas of dark chocolate and molasses. A full mouthful of well-ripened black cherry and dark berry fruit backed by prominent fine-grain tannins that keep the fruit in line. The most sap in the lineup with a generous fruit-driven finish. A little one-dimensional now, but has special potential, and will benefit from a year or two in the cellar. Score: 91. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Renelle’s Block McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $65. Mid-slope with unidentified soils unique to the vineyard. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Modest in weight but flavorful, with a charge of black cherry, blueberry and pomegranate fruit accented with sweet oak. Shows more polish and finesse and an appealingly tart cherry finish charged with acidity. Will benefit from another year in bottle. Score: 90. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Tallulah’s Run Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $65. From two adjacent blocks mid-slope in the vineyard with fractured siltstone and sandy loam soils. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is very shy and lacking in fruit, offering instead aromas of mocha, brioche and malt. Mid weight flavors of red cherry and cranberry with a touch of oak spice. Silky in texture with an uplifting and pleasing finish. The aromas haven’t arrived and the fruit seems buried like many Pinots from the 2011 vintage, so I recommend another year or two in bottle. Score: 89. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Coeure de Terre Vineyard Sarah Jane’s Block McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $65. The second block planted on the estate (from Renelle’s Block) and the largest block. Willakenzie soils. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. This wine is awkward and not particularly appealing yet. The nose lacks fruit, offering primarily oak-driven scents. The juicy black cherry core is swallowed up in oak and tannin. The sappy fruit and length of finish indicate potential, but I would not touch this wine for another 2 years. Score: 88. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Coeur de Terre Estate McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.59, 275 cases, $36. Old and young vines from the estate vineyard. Aged 14 months in 30% new, 30% once filled, 30% twice filled and 10% neutral French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Very fragrant with alluring aromas of black cherries, ground savory and herbs. Soft and graceful on the palate, with nicely balanced tannins, a good grip of acidity and complimentary quality oak, featuring juicy middleweight flavors of dark red cherries, brown spices, and savory dried herbs. Nicely balanced and highly enjoyable. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Coeur de Terre Abby’s Block Estate Grown Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $58. Located mid-slope on the Estate Vineyard. Unique soil type that is transitional between sedimentary and volcanic, uncharacterized but only found in this vineyard. 4 acres planted in 2002 to 667, Pommard and Wädenswil clones. Dedicated to the family’s first daughter, Abigail Parker Neal, born in 2002. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Dark red stone and berry fruits are featured in this wine which leans heavily on an appealing savory, dried herb riff. Modest in weight with well-honed tannins and juicy acidity, this wine is assertive on attack, through the mid palate and on the generous finish. A pleasure to drink. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Coeur de Terre Renelle’s Block Estate Grown Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 59 cases $58. This 3-acre block was the original planting in the Estate Vineyard circa 1999. It is composed of 8 clones and referred to as the mother block since it supplied the cuttings for all other Pinot Noir vines in the Estate Vineyard. Willakenzie sedimentary soils.This wine is dedicated to Renelle Lynn Neal (Scott’s mother). · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Effusive aromas of black cherry tart, spice, crusty brioche, and ground savory. Rich and full-flavored, with a layered array of red and purple fruits complimented by a hint of cola and savory herbs. The mouth feel is velvety and the bright acidity brings vibrancy to the wine. The finish goes on and on. A very special wine that will please every Pinot connoisseur. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Coeur de Terre Sarah Jane’s Block Estate Grown Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $58. From the second block planted in the Estate Vineyard in 2001. 4 acres of 667, 777 and 115 planted in Willakenzie marine sedimentary soil. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Stunning and nearly overwhelming in aromatic intensity featuring a deep perfume of black cherries, blackberries and plum. Delicious core of ornate black stone fruits that make you sit back and take notice. A touch of smoky oak and dried herbs add interest. Impressive fullness and concentration on the palate without being jammy. Seamless with perfect integration of tannins and acidity. A poster child for Oregon Pinot Noir. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Coeur de Terre Tallulah’s Run Estate Grown Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $58. From two blocks that are contiguous planted mid-slope in the Estate Vineyard in 2004 with a massale selection from Renelle’s Block. Dedicated to the family’s second daughter, Tallulah Renelle Neal. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of raspberries, cherries, tarry oak and cigar box. Soft and polished in the mouth with mid weight flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, brown spice and tarry oak. An interesting wine with some finishing weight and balanced tannins. Good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Coeur de Terre McMinnville Willamette Valley Rosé Rustique

13.3% alc., pH 3.45, $17. Released May 1, 2010. A blend of Pinot Noir from Hyland Vineyard (Coury clone), Syrah from Coeur de Terre Estate Vineyard, and Riesling from Hyland Vineyard. Pinot Noir grapes were de-stemmed and pressed off the skins after 3 days, Syrah grapes were de-stemmed and sat on the skins for 1 day. A small amount of juice was saigneed from the Syrah and added to the pressed off Pinot Noir. Fermented in stainless fermentors using 3 yeast strains. Cold stabilized and sterile filtered before bottling. · Demure aromas of strawberries, taffy, melon and a touch of lavender. Slightly confected red strawberry core with hints of orange peel, cranberry and honeydew melon. Light and refreshing. Decent. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2009 Coeur de Terre Vineyard McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

12.7% alc., pH 3.15, 248 cases, $17. Released May 1, 2009. Sourced from the Coleman Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA. De-stemmed and pressed off immediately. 20% was racked to neutral oak puncheon and 80% to stainless tank. Residual sugar 10g/L. Cold stabilized and sterile filtered before bottling. · Very pale yellow color in the glass. A pleasing potpourri of tropical fruits and white peaches with notes of cut grass and lemon curd. Easygoing with a crisp finish. A fine example of this style. Good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Coeur de Terre Vineyard McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.72, 473 cases, $20. Released May 1, 2010. Estate grown and bottled. The wine is crafted from fruit from younger vines combined with more mature fruit from Renelle’s Block for structure and balance. Cold soak for 3 days, free run and press sent to barrel, indigenous and commercial yeast fermentation, aged 11 months in 30% new, 60% seasoned and 10% neutral French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Enticing aromas of earth-kissed dark stone fruits with notes of oak toast, anise and mint in the background. Plum and cherry cola are the flavor theme but it is the earthiness that is most striking. One can taste the soil in this wine. Easy drinking with reigned in dry tannins and a refreshing finish. Good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Estate McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.74, $34. Released May 1, 2010. Estate grown fruit only including a combination of younger vines and more mature fruit. Cold soak for 3 days, free run and press sent directly to barrel, fermentation with indigenous and commercial yeasts, racking if necessary, aged 14 months in 30% new, 60% seasoned and 10% neutral French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Shy but charming perfume of darker fruits with toasty oak to the front. Similar to the Oregon bottling but more refined with softer tannins. Black cherry and blackberry flavors with underpinnings of earthy loam, minerals, tobacco and toasty oak. Nicely crafted and very promising, but needs time like so many 2008 Oregon Pinot Noirs. Good (+). Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »