Thesis: A red quasar. Really? Doesn’t disprove we’re not astrologists.
The Cliff Notes: This wine is dark ruby. The nose delivers straight-up ripe cherry. Substantial, formidable, serious, pick your descriptor. We’d cover wall to ceiling with this resinous red if “cherry paint” were a thing. The trim would be caramel. And we’d paint the back door with vibrant acid and ripe tannin, because that’s what lingers on and on.
The Story: Our mom’s name is Dolores. She’s from Canada, and raised seven kids, hence our honor to her. This wine well warrants its inaugural release from our 40-acre estate vineyard. Young vineyards can be bombastic, but are seldom highly complex. Cognizant, we willingly played humble-pie for a few years until both young beauty and complexity showed themselves to be worthy of the name.
The Building of: Small-lot wild yeast fermentations, 100% barrel aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (one new, one once-filled, four older). Bottled, unfined and unfiltered, in March of 2016.
Absolutely decant to get it air within its first three years. Well cellared, you should anticipate additional complexity during its first 15 years with a potential 12- to 20-year drinking horizon.
Cases Produced: 135
Vineyards: Our St. Dolores Estate’s (2009) high-elevation, dry-farmed vines (Chehalem Mtns. AVA, Parrett Mtn. district) deliver both high structure and juiciness to the wine, a rare combination. This wine comes from our 10+10 and Tunnel blocks, Pommard-clone Pinot noir, grown on volcanic soils.
— Jim Prosser, owner/winemaker