A cooler growing season delivered elegant wines with good acidity.
2001, what with its big brother vintages on either side and marketed in the shadow of 9/11, the tech bubble burst, and the sea of excess California wine, was a somewhat overlooked vintage for Oregon. Relatively big berries and a larger fruit set forced good producers to drop significant crop as a means of ensuring concentration. Those that did made good wines. Somewhat reserved and reminiscent of the 1993s, these wines are showing great nuance on a lighter frame over time.
Antoinette 2001 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Antoinette, a J.K. Carriere limited bottling, was named in honor of winemaker Jim Prosser’s maternal grandmother, Antoinette Carriere. Jim held back ten barrels for a potential reserve in 2001, but felt that the three that made up Antoinette represented the very best. Released in November 2003, the wine was a blend from three vineyards – Corral Creek, Brick House, and Stony Mountain. 75 cases. $65. Sold out.
Provocateur 2001 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2001 marked the first release of Provocateur, a wine that features an image of winemaker Jim Prosser’s grandfather, J.K. Prosser. J.K. was a bit of a provocateur himself, so he would’ve smiled at this bottle of wine. This wallet-friendly Pinot blend of four vineyards — Corral Creek, Brick House, Temperance Hill and Stony Mountain — is a shimmering red with a nose of fresh currants, warm spice, earth and dried orange peel. In your mouth, sweet fruit and flowers lead to an explosive core of cherry and nectarine. 176 cases. $18. Wine Spectator: 89. Sold out.
Glass 2001 Willamette Valley White Pinot Noir
The ultimate expression of summer. The soft apricot blossom color reveals an expansive nose of white peach, sweet tangerine, and key lime. Rather than sweetness, the zippy and mouth-watering structure floats melons, flowers, and grapefruit over just the right amount of spritz and bitter in order to quench. The Pinot Noir juice for this wine was gravity racked to barrel immediately after destemming and prior to skin contact and color set, and then wild-yeast fermented at cool temperatures in 50% French oak and 50% stainless steel. 35 cases. $17. Sold out.