Located in the heart of Hood River, Oregon along the Columbia Gorge River, Phelps Creek Vineyards is a small boutique winery focusing on estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals, annually producing 5,000 cases of wine in total. Bob Morus founded and serves as President and Director of Winegrowing for Phelps Creek Vineyards. He moved to Hood River in 1989 with the expressed goal of raising both wine grapes and kids. Today, his children are all grown up and the established estate vineyard consists of 34 acres of breathtaking vines. Alexandrine Roy joined them from Burgundy, France as Director of Winemaking.
The oldest vines of Pinot Noir were planted in 1990, adding a block of Dijon clone Chardonnay two years later. Over the years they have expanded the vineyards and now nurture 34 acres (25 Acres of Pinot Noir, 4.5 acres of Chardonnay and 1/2 acre of Pinot Gris). In addition to their estate fruit, they experiment with growing “alternative whites” just across the Columbia River on Underwood Mountain. This wine is from 100% estate fruit combining three clonal selections, Pommard, Dijon 115 & 777.
Vinification follows traditional Burgundian methods. The wine is Barrel aged for 15 months in French Oak to bring out aromatics and soften structure.
A beautiful Pinot Noir, easy to drink, with a light ruby color. Aromas of bright red fruit and hints of earthiness. Flavors of young red berries and forrest floor. Lovely acidity - resembles Old World Pinot Noir.
Pairs well with barbecued meats, charcuterie or a mushroom ragout.