Antiquum Farm Pinot Noir Passiflora 2016
Passiflora confounds many Pinotphiles. Inky, almost Syrah-like color leads one to assume Passiflora will be an overly lush fruit bomb. An aromatic dervish of passion fruit, peach, apricot, and floral notes however counter deep bramble fruit and blueberry. On the palate, opulent blue fruit tones swirl among singing hi-toned acidity. This wine is both beamingly bright and darkly powerful in the same moment, without feeling disjointed. It will cellar for many years to come. This cuvée is fermented with indigenous yeasts. Aged in 50% new French oak for 11 months. A scant 150 cases produced.
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.