93 points Wine Spectator – Sept 2015
Broad, open-textured and spicy, light on the palate but brimming with black cherry, blackberry, fennel and pepper flavors that glide over the polished finish and linger seductively. Drink now through 2022. 300 cases made. –HS
CBV is distinct in its own micro-terroir. Its soils are of volcanic origin, having been laid down by lava flows that occurred some 15 million years ago. These clay-loam soils overlay some ancient marine sediments that in many places are not far below the volcanic soils.
CBV lies on the gentle slopes of a swale that faces south-southwest, looking across the Willamette Valley toward the gap in the Coast Range ( Van Duzer Corridor ) through which cooling breezes flow into the Valley. These breezes blow steadily all summer, bathing the slopes at night with relief from the day’s heat. These diurnal temperature swings provide the balancing acidity, which is essential in making
age-worthy Pinot Noir.
CBV is certified Sustainable by LIVE and SALMON SAFE.
Yields are 2 tons per acre.
- Slow, cool fermentation carried out by indigenous yeast in small, open-topped vats.
- No additives at all.
- The free run juice is transferred to neutral oak barrels where the wine develops for about one year before being bottled unfiltered.
300 cases produced. 12.5% Alc. by volume. 12 months of bottle age before release.