Teutonic Quarry Dust White Pinot Noir
Regular price $30.00
Winemaker: Barnaby Tuttle
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir from Wahlstrom Vineyard, which we farm ourselves. The vines were planted on a decommissioned gravel quarry, so you can easily guess how much the minerality show in this wine.We normally make Pinot Noir with this fruit, but due to 2019 being a wacky vintage, Barnaby decided make a white wine which will showcase the minerality even more. It's ever so light in color of light peach and quince on the palate. It's a bit tightly wound, so give this one a little time to show before you open one. We think six months to a year.
Winemaker Barnaby Tuttle is a native Portlander, a rarity these days. He was just 12 years old when he began to wash dishes at Papa Haydn Restaurant in Southeast Portland. After years at this benchmark institution and a few other jobs, Barnaby returned in 2003 to work as general manager and wine steward. During his tenure there, he developed an insatiable passion for wine and after meeting German wine importer Ewald Moseler, he became obsessed with esoteric cool-climate wines.
Drawing parallels to his native land, Barnaby and his wife Olga set out to produce lean/low alcohol wines that maintain their sense of place and varietal structure. The Tuttles found their hallowed ground in some of the most coveted vineyards in Oregon: including Medici, Maresh, David Hill, and John Albin's Laurel Vineyard (with an elevation of 1250ft, this is the highest vineyard site in the Willamette Valley). Their house style is represented by wines that are low in alcohol (typically 9% to 12% alcohol by volume), and high in acidity.
In early spring 2005, Barnaby and his wife, Olga, were presented with the opportunity to plant a small vineyard on a friend's property in Alsea, Oregon. Alsea is west of Oregon's coast range and only 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean. They took a gamble, planting Oregon's first coastal vineyard. The first years were quite challenging, as they learned some valuable lessons, but they remained true to their goal--to grow fruit in a cool climate. Their first crop in 2008 produced two barrels of Pinot Noir which became available in Oregon in November 2009. Barnaby worked as the assistant winemaker at Laurel Ridge Winery in Carlton, Oregon for two years before moving off on his own to form Teutonic Wine Company with Olga.