This wine marks the end of an era. This will be our last bottling of Anden Vineyard. The entire vineyard is now being leased by a single entity and there is no fruit available to us or any other winery. The contract between Anden and this other entity is rumored to be in the neighborhood of fifteen years in length. This is sort of like the five year itch with us. We had Shea from 2000-2004 and Anden from 2002-2006. If anyone knows another older vine, well-established vineyard that would like to do business with us for five years, please have them give us a call. Well, this is the nature of things: they change. But if we have to go out we might as well go out with a bang. During the previous four vintages this has consistently been one of our personal favorites in the cellar. It has never had the flashiness of the Dundee Hills or the prodigious secondary characteristics of Ribbon Ridge but it has always had a great balance of intensity, structure and nerviness. To us this has always represented the "you have to wait for it to appreciate it" style of Pinot in our cellar. Due to this, while popular, it has never had the following that many of our other wines enjoy. 2006 may be the year that changes. This is very prototypical Anden Vineyard Pinot Noir but it has enough of that extra sap, or as we like to refer to it, dry extract that gives the wine punch without turning it cloying or into some fruit bomb. This is a special wine. 280 cases." (2006 Newsletter)
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