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Sineann Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton Resonance 2012
Wine Spectator 93 points: Vibrant and expansive, with fine tannins underlining the dark berry, clotted cream, mint and spice flavors, coming together harmoniously as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2019 - H.S.
Richly textured and voluptuous, the likes of which we haven't seen from Oregon Pinot in a few years. Gutsy and forward dark berry and black cherry liqeuer are mouth-coating, with accents of baking spices and vanilla on the long finish. If you're a fan of a bigger style of Pinot, this wine will hit the bulls-eye. - Marcus
An important note about Sineann's Resonance Vineyard Pinots: 2012 is the last vintage Sineann will produce Resonance wines. Resonance Vineyard was very recently sold to Maison Louis Jadot, who will no longer sell fruit to Sineann.
2011 Wine Spectator - 92 points - Fresh and ripe, brimming with dark berry flavors that play against hints of loamy earth and black tea as the finely tannic finish lingers. Drink now through 2017. - H.S.
2010 Vintage Tasting Notes
This medium bodied wine has lively acidity. It is a beautiful, ruby red wine with raspberry aromas and red fruit flavors. The minerality comes through on the finish.
Due to a very cool Spring, crop size was small so only 400 cases were produced of Sineann's most in-demand Pinot noir. But, it's still the best they make so buy it while it's still available.
2009 Vintage Tasting Notes
WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 WINES FOR 2011, RANKED #30
2009 Wine Spectator - 94 points - Plush, deep and complex, yet graceful, offering a mouthful of mineral-accented cherry, raspberry, green tea and spice flavors that sail smoothly and serenely over refined tannins. This has richness with moderate weight. Drink now through 2019. 900 cases made. - H.S.
A classic Pinot noir. decadent, smooth raspberry and cherry flavors bring the word "fresh" to mind, and "fresh" was used again and again to describe this wine at our tasting. The Resonance has a lingering truffled - creamy - earth finish that combines nicely with the bright red raspberry fruit flavors. Smoky, velvety tannins complete the wine. This is a great Pinot noir from start to finish.
(Formerly known as Reed & Reynolds) This vineyard produces our best Pinot Noir - one of Oregon's best Pinot Noirs - every year. The growers, Kevin and Carla Chambers, are fully biodynamic. The fruit off the oldest block of grapes was the best Pinot I've ever tasted off the vine. The wine is incredible: deep color, full, rich taste and a remarkable mouth-filling texture. I like to say our growers achieve the potential of their respective vineyards. Kevin exceeds his. - the winery
2008 Vintage Tasting Notes
2008 Wine Spectator - 94 points - Broad and ripe, a lithe style that delivers rich plum and dried blueberry flavors, along with hints of black pepper and exotic spices as the finish picks up steam against refined tannins. Best from 2011 through 2020. From Oregon. - H.S.
Fat and rich from second one. A sweeter overall profile with more glycerin in the texture. Big black fruits, orange oil, vanilla bean, cocoa, morel mushroom, floral accents - the Resonance has it all.
Year after year, our best Pinot Noir is from the Resonance Vineyard.
Kevin and Carla Chambers meticulously care for their vineyard using biodynamic techniques. The result is a very healthy vineyard.
We hang two tons per acre or less on the vineyard, which accounts somewhat for the big, mouthfilling texture of the wine. It's a quality that all the Pinot Noirs off Resonance deliver, partially due to soil type, partially due to Kevin's progressive soil amendments.
We can't say enough about Kevin's management of his vineyard. All our growers achieve the potential of their vineyards, Kevin exceeds it. 2008 was a dynamite vintage year. The wine is dark, aromatic and lush, coating the palate as few wines do. The finish is long and deep.
A classic Pinot noir. Red raspberry and cherry flavors bring the word "fresh" to mind, and "fresh" was used again and again to describe this wine at our tasting. The Resonance has a lingering truffled - creamy - earth finish that combines nicely with the bright red raspberry fruit flavors. Smoky, velvety tannins complete the wine. This is a great Pinot noir from start to finish. - the winery
2005 Vintage Tasting Notes
THIS is what an Oregon Pinot noir is supposed to be! Earth, herbs, dark cherry, blackberry and a touch of cinnamon in the nose. The depth is incredible. A richness on the palate delivers ripe berries and plum with side notes of lavender. And this puppy is smooth as silk. The finish is beautiful with touches of spice and vanilla. It's no mistake that year after year, this is Sineann's best Pinot noir, hands down. There is less this year than last, so get it while you can. - ms
The Resonance Vineyard is located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley on a south-facing hillside in Yamhill County, just west of Carlton. The vineyard is in the new Yamhill-Carlton District AVA. The Resonance Vineyard sits on a convex portion of a low, west-east oriented ridge emerging out of the Coast Range. The ridge is hook-shaped, wrapping around to the east. The much higher High Heaven Ridge protects the property from the south. Panther Creek flows through the valley created between High Heaven and Resonance. The Coast Range rises immediately to the west of the property, creating a formidable weather barrier. As a result, Resonance is protected from inclement weather and wind on all sides, making it a particularly warm, dry site.
Soils are primarily Willakenzie and Yamhill, but there are areas with virtually no top soil that can only be labeled as shale rock land. The Willakenzie and exposed shale are both old sedimentary deposits that begin at the bottom of the slope. The Yamhill is an ancient, submarine basaltic soil (much older than the more common, basalt-derived Jory and Nekia soils in the Dundee Hills). The Yamhill soil is found near the top of the slope and much of the crown is exposed, broken basalt bedrock.
The wet winters coupled with soils of sufficient water-holding capacity allow dry farming of vines. And the warm summers provide more than adequate heat to fully ripen the fruit. The growing season is very long (over 210 days) and dry which keeps disease and insect pressures at a minimum.
The entire vineyard is on a vertical, upright, shoot-positioned trellis (commonly called a VSP). Spacing on the oldest vines is 8 feet between rows and 6 feet between vines, leaving 908 vines per acre. The most recent plantings are set at 7.5 feet between rows and 5 feet between plants or 1162 vines per acre and 7.5 feet by 4 feet or 1452 vines per acre. All vines are cane pruned with very low head heights of 18-24." The trellis is 6.5 feet high allowing the canopy to grow as high as 7.5 feet before being hedged (which occurs only once). This allows for a large leaf area to accommodate adequate ripening even in cool vintages.
The coarse-grained, ancient marine sediments native to the area are the oldest soils in the valley. These soils drain quickly establishing a natural deficit-irrigation effect. Thus, the vines stop vegetative growth earlier here than elsewhere, leading to more complete ripening, even in cooler growing seasons. This allows Pinot noir to develop deep ruby colors and broad, silky tannins. The mouth-filling wines exude powerful fruit aromas of raspberry, blackberry and black cherries complexed by minerality reminiscent of pipe tobacco, espresso, clove and dark chocolate and accented by scents of rose, violet, lavender and sweet wood smoke. These are alluring, complex, supple gems of Pinot noir to sip and savor.
The vineyard consists of 4 acres of Pommard Pinot noir, 2.5 acres of Pommard Pinot noir (grafted from Muller-Thurgau in 2000) and 1.5 acres of Gewurztraminer all originally planted in 1981, plus 3.5 acres of Wadensvil Pinot noir planted in 1987 and 2 acres of 777 Pinot noir (grafted from Pinot Gris) planted in 1995. An additional 6.5 acres of Pinot noir (evenly split between Wadensvil and Pommard clones) was planted in the spring of 2006.
Until June of 2003, Resonance was named Reed & Reynolds Vineyard. Reed is owner Kevin Chambers middle name, and has been the middle name of the first-born male of his family for several generations. Reynolds is Carla Chambers' maiden name. The Chambers felt the two names offered a pleasant and memorable alliteration, as well as designated their partnership and teamwork that created the vineyard. Nevertheless, after a protracted and expensive trademark battle with a California winery, the Chambers chose to change the name to Resonance.
Virtually all the vines are own-rooted. Of course, this leaves them at risk to phylloxera. But Biodynamic practices, a strong nutritional program and commitment to a diverse, healthy microbial community in the soil significantly mitigates the disease risk. The Chambers believe that plants should be grown on their own root systems rather than be grafted to other species' roots. They feel this leads to healthier plants, better drought tolerance and greater wine quality. A few grafted vines have been planted for experimental purposes, but the intent is to sustain an own-rooted vineyard. At 25 years of age in the oldest blocks, the vines are now yielding profoundly complex wines. It is the Chambers' intent to maintain this "old vine character" in the wines for as long as possible.
Year in and year out, the Resonance vineyard supplies the fruit for Sineann's best Pinot noir. In 2003, Wine Spectator gave the Sineann Resonance Pinot noir 94 points. In 2004, the Pommard clone barrels supplied the fruit for Sineann's first French Laundry Cuvee. For 2005, this wine is yet another stunning example of the flavors and complexity that winemaker Rosback can coax out of a well kept vineyard.