Hamacher Wines Yamhill-Carlton District
Eric Hamacher makes a small amount of both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and founded his winery operation in 1995. The wines are all sold to consumers through the Carlton Winemakers Studio of which he was one of the founders. As well as providing a tasting room it is a winery facility for a small number of producers, a form of small scale co-operative which has enabled the partners to benefit from modern sophisticated winemaking facilities. Fruit comes from four separate vineyards planted in a range of soils and at varied altitudes. All are farmed sustainably or organically. As well as his signature wine, his Pinot Noir there are H series releases of both Pinot and Chardonnay which are more approachable and spend a shorter time in barrel. The top Chardonnay is the Cuvée Forets Diverses which is whole cluster pressed and vinified from Dijon clones. The Pinot Noir though is the top wine here. It is very ageworthy for Willamette Pinot, in part because it comes from very old vines, most well over 30 years of age. You can expect it to cellar well for up to a decade. (DM)
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