Willamette Valley Oregon
Traditionally, our Willamette Valley Pinot noir is a representational blend of the various forms or 'clones' of Pinot noir that grow in our vineyard.
This year, however, we thought it would be fun and interesting to offer our friends and fans the opportunity to experience the elemental 'backbones' of some our most celebrated wines. In the mid-1980’s, new clonal 'selections' were developed in France by Dr. Raymond Bernard of the Office National Interprofessional des Vins (ONIVINS), and were later imported to the United States by Oregon State University and UC Davis. Working closely with Dr. Bernard, Mahonia founder and owner, John Miller, hand selected a diverse mix of clonal material ranging from classic Pinot noir selections, such as Pommard, to one of the oldest Oregon selections of “Dijon Material”, including Clones 113, 114 and 115.
THE MAHONIA CLONAL SERIES is an exciting opportunity to experience how each of the various clones contributes to the elegant aromatics and concentrated fruit flavors of Pinot noir, such as cherry, cranberry, plum and raspberry, to name a few. In many ways, the 'Clonal Series' represents a horizontal 'deconstruction' of our classic Willamette Valley Pinot noir. One or more clones will be celebrated each vintage, beginning with Dijon Clone 115 from our 2011 crop.
These highly collectible, hand numbered bottle productions will be limited to 30 cases and feature exquisite labels and packaging -- designed by acclaimed San Francisco-based letterer, illustrator, and typographer Jessica Hische — and letter pressed in Portland by our friends at Egg Press. Already a celebrated wine even before its release, the 115 will be featured as a winner in the upcoming Communication Arts Typography Annual.
We anticipate releasing this wine in the next month but due to the tiny production size, we will be limiting the number of bottles available for purchase. Call or email the office today to reserve your bottles of this very special wine.
Pinot Noir Dijon Clone 115: Naturally high yielding, medium sized berries, and early ripening. Notable tasting characteristics include; earthy notes with accents of butterscotch and black pepper.
Mahonia’s Reserve Collection represents the finest wines that are produced in our cellars. The wines are sourced primarily from Mahonia’s “Dijon Clones” planted in the 1980s by vineyard founder and owner, John Miller, after consulting in France and Oregon with Dr. Raymond Bernard from the Office National Interprossionnel de Vins (ONIVINS) in Burgundy. The wines are aged for a minimum of 18 months in oak casks before being subjected to a thoughtful selection process to identify the two finest barrels to be bottled.
The Dijon Clone 114 premieres in your glass with at first what may seem a saturating concentration of strawberry and rhubarb with fringing notes of violet. This concentration gracefully translates in to beautiful elegant flavors of violets, soft wild berries, watermelon seeds, black cherry and spice.
Clean with aromas of white flowers on nose, complimented by vanilla and butter. Rich and creamy on the palate, with tones of lemon oil and brioche. Long finish and supple mouth feel.
A beautifully age wine, the 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir has a savory boysenberry and earthy aroma. Medium weight on the palate, this wine showcases a silky balance between acid, tannin structure and fruit. Versatile and supple, this wine would pair well with foods ranging from Salmon and cream based dishes to pork, cheese or charcuterie. A treasure to enjoy now!
The wine greets the nose with a rush of ripe pears and honeysuckle. On the palate it is rich and honeyed with notes of saline and peaches.
Mahonia Vineyard is one of the early practitioners of sustainable farming and wine growing in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Our winemaker, Anne Hubatch (Helioterra Wines & Whoa Nellie Wines), has been known for crafting aromatic and full-bodied wines since 2009. Anne's ability to make a complex yet highly drinkable wine, matched with our mature vines and unique site characteristics, result in nothing less than spectacular wine!
Highly collectible designate wines by Willamette Valley's top winemakers
When you are out on the town, you can find Mahonia Vineyard wine at many fine restaurants, bottle shops, and retail stores.