Antiquum Farm Pinot Noir Juel 2016
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Only 350 cases were produced of this lush, delicious, exotic Oregon Pinot. Named for winemaker Steve Hagen's young son Juel, this wine has power, structure and finesse in perfect balance. Antiquum Farm is unusual in its ability to ripen lush fully mature deep dark fruit, and yet retain abundant natural acidity. This interplay creates an exciting tension that is rarely experienced in domestic Pinot Noir. This vineyard produces mouth loads of fine-grained fruit-driven tannin. Generous treatments of new French oak (40% for 11 months for the Juel) never overwhelm the unique attributes of this site. This cuvée is fermented with indigenous yeasts.
The 2016 exhibits a lush fruit core embraced in a framework of rippling acidity that gives the wine an electric purity, focus and movement. Deep bramble, berry, cherry and confectionary fruit are offset by tropical tones, peach, roses, violets and whisps of lavender. Background notes of aged balsamic, tobacco and blood orange further the complexity.
Stephen and Niki Hagen founded Antiquum Farm with a passion for creating truly natural wine, working hard on their land and raising their family with a total respect and love for the outdoors and nature. Their children Daisy and Juel are both involved in the vineyard, which truly is a farm; they scout the vineyard on horseback, take care of the poultry flock, they shepherd, help make the wines and more. Hagen was born in the Willamette Valley’s coastal foothills, raised only a few miles down the road from what is today Antiquum Farm. Stephen is steeped in a great appreciation for all things outdoors and as a child was given free reign to roam the streams, hills, and woods for miles in every direction on foot, bike, or horseback. He grew up to know the country well, and developed a deep knowledge and love for his native Oregon hills. It is this intuition that guides his farming, winegrowing, and vinification decisions. He began learning the art of working draft horses after purchasing the land that was to become Antiquum Farm.