Passetoutgrain 2020 (Blend of Pinot and Gamay Noir)
An ancestral Burgundian blend – Passetoutgrain is the combination of 2/3 Gamay and 1/3 Pinot Noir. It was traditionally allowed to create a blend of these two grapes where some blocks were planted with a mix of the two cultivars. When harvesting they would “pick them all” or passetoutgrain.
Dark ruby color. The nose is a fruit medley of strawberries, cranberries, blueberries and blackberries, with a hint of spicy leather and white pepper. On the palate it is round and juicy, with crunchy black cherry flavors and an acidity that lingers on ripe tannins.
Framed by the Coast Range mountains to the west and Cascade Mountains to the east, the Willamette Valley AVA forms a cool-climate growing basin ideally suited for the production of traditional Burgundian varieties. With an array of different soil types and microclimates, the quality and complexity of Willamette Valley wine has garnered a fierce international reputation.