The 2015 Winemaker Cuvee Pinot Noir is a blend of 7 barrels that were the very best that the vintage had to offer: 4 barrels of Pommard clone Pinot Noir from the Southeast block of Northridge Vineyard in the Eola-Amity hills, two barrels of Pommard from Kelley Family Vineyard in the Dundee Hills, and one barrel of 828-clone pinot from Lia’s Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountain AVA. After a two week cold soak, the wine was fermented using native yeasts and aged in French oak for eighteen months.
2015 was a warm vintage and this wine has lush fruit and sufficient tannins, but it also has good acidity and balance. This is a vintage that you can enjoy now, but also has the potential to age for several years.
The winery. As the saying goes, "where there's a will there's a way," and owner/winemaker Pam Walden is very willful! Her intention to live life to the fullest has always been clear, alongside a strong work ethic and independent spirit that embraces the unknown. After studying English literature in her native UK and working in television production for several years, winemaking found Pam in 1996, through a circuitous tale of love and adventure that began in France, and she has never looked back. Pam’s passion is the heart of all aspects of Willful Wine Company. With much gratitude to her ex-husband Aron and other mentors in the wine community whom she has had the honor to learn from along the way, Pam is proud to be one of the few female winemakers in this renowned Pinot Noir region and owner of her own company.