Caldwell Hill Cellars

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Cardwell Hill Cellars was founded by Dan and Nancy Chapel in 2000 when they purchased a property with an abandoned vineyard in Philomath, Oregon. The site is located 12 miles west of Corvallis in the shadow of Mary’s Peak. New vineyards were planted and a winery was built on the property. The winery has excelled and has been featured at the International Pinot Noir Celebration. The dream continues.

The original vineyard on the property was planted initially in the years 1983-1985. About one-third of the 20-acre site was planted to own-rooted Wädenswil clone Pinot Noir and the remainder to white varieties. The white varieties were removed by the Chapels after they acquired the property to make room for Pommard and Dijon 115 and 777 clones, resulting in the expansion of the vineyard to 22 acres. The vineyard was designated the Monet Vineyard. In 2002, the Chapels purchased an additional nearby 20 acres known as the Degas Vineyard planted to Dijon 115 and Wädenswil Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

Reviewed Wines

2016 Caldwell Hill Cellars Old Vines Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.50, 261 cases, $40. · 13.8% alc., pH 3.50, 261 cases, $40. Fourth vintage of Old Vines Pinot Noir. A barrel selection of the best barrels of 100% Wädenswil clone planted in 1983. Harvest Brix 23.5º-24.0º. 100% de-stemmed fruit.Aged 30 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. Light garnet color in the glass. Very pleasing aromas of blueberry, forest grove and Wassail spices. Deep flavors of brambly black raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry, with a hint of black tea and a gentle whiff of oak. Exquisitely balanced with integrated tannins, inviting acidity and an uplifting finish of good length. This wine really delivers a delightful drinking experience from 38-year-old vines and is an excellent value as well. Score: 94. Reviewed --/--/--

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