Four Graces Winery Dundee Hills
Steve and Paula Black purchased their 110 acre (44.5 ha) vineyard in 2003 and named it in honour of their four daughters. They have not ignored their son Nicholas though, he is recognized as the “keeper of the Four Graces” on their reserve label Pinot. Indeed it is no surprise that Pinot Noir is the main focus here. As well as their original Black Family vineyard, a second site the Doe Ridge Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton was purchased in 2005 and a second single vineyard Pinot is released from here. The Black Family site is planted to a combination of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. The original Pinot Noir holding was established in 1990 to a range of clones and the Alsace varieties in 1993. The developing age of the vineyard can be seen in the quality of the fruit in the wines. Both whites are restrained and elegant, the Pinot Blanc lightly honeyed with a classic hint of hazelnut, the Pinot Gris subtly floral and spicy with hints of grapefruit and cool fermented to emphasise the fruit. The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir comes from both the family’s vineyards and is a lighter, immediately accessible red fruited style and very well priced. Oak influence is carefully handled and 10 months in French barrels gives just sufficient structure and grip in the wine. The Black Family Vineyard Pinot is much fuller and more structured. 13 months in new oak is well integrated and the wine is full of complex plum and dark cherry fruit. It will develop well with three or four years cellaring. (DM)
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