Bill and Linda Hanson, with their daughter Lily, own and operate Libra Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The 5.25 acre property is farmed using L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) standards along with some biodynamic practices. Libra Vineyard is all about balance, which is an integral part of many things, including the process of transforming grapes into beautiful wine. Bill and the girls live by this notion; personally, with their own small production label, as well as in their vineyard management techniques. Bill is the winemaker behind this first bottling.
Libra Vineyard consists of 5.25 acres of approximately 75% marine sedimentary soils (WillaKenzie series) and 25% iron-rich red volcanic soils (Jory series). The vines are sustainably farmed and LIVE certified. Low Input Viticulture and Enology provides industry-leading, third-party certification of farming and winemaking rules that document rigorous sustainability standards. The property is planted exclusively to Pinot noir (three different clones) and is located in the heart of the Yamhill-Carlton District of the Willamette Valley:
– 1.25 acre of Pommard on a bench of Jory soils. 420 feet elevation.
– 1.5 acre of Pommard on South facing slope composed of 25% Jory (hilltop) and 75% Willakenzie soils (lower slope). 320-420 feet elevation.
– 1.25 acre of Dijon 777 on South, South-East facing slope composed of 25% Jory (hilltop) and 75% Willakenzie soils (lower slope). 320-420 feet elevation.
– 1.25 acre of Dijon 115 on South-East facing slope composed of 25% Jory (hilltop) and 75% Willakenzie soils (lower slope). 320-420 feet elevation.
Jory soils are named after Jory Hill, in Marion County which itself is named for the Jory family who settled in the area in 1852. In 2011, the Oregon Legislature named Jory the official state soil. Found above 300 feet elevation Jory is a rich, dark reddish-brown, deep silty clay loam. It is between four and six feet deep and provides excellent drainage for superior quality wine grapes.
Willakenzie soils are named after two of Oregon’s major rivers: the Willamette and the McKenzie. One of the oldest soil types in the Willamette Valley, Willakenzie is a marine sedimentary soil left by ancient, uplifted seabeds. It consists of moderately deep, well-drained silty clay loam over siltstone and sandstone.
The warm, dry harvest conditions of 2010 bookended a growing season that began with a relatively dry and warm winter highlighted by the warmest January and February on record. What followed was a cool Spring and early Summer timeframe. The growing season ended with near normal to slightly cooler than normal temperatures statewide, with fewer than normal heat spikes.
Yields were lower than in typical years, due in part to early season weather conditions and crop thinning near season’s end. The lower yields delivered high quality fruit, with characteristics of full phenolic ripeness, concentrated flavours and balance.
One Barrel 2010 Pinot Noir
Clones: Pommard, 777 and 115
Yield:s 1 ton per acre
Vineyard: 100% Libra Vineyard
Harvest: October 8th and 15th
Oak: 20 months in French
Bottled: July 2012
Unfined and unfiltered
Production: 25 cases
“This wine represents the essence of Willamette. Bright red fruit, dark earthy tones, mushrooms and herbs with underlying sweet and peppery spice notes. The aromas are captivating and true to the varietal and the region. The palate shows firm structure now, with all the components for ageing. Ripe raspberries, cherries and porcini mushrooms with a hint of vanilla. The bright and balanced acidity complements the well-rounded tannins. Elegant, smooth, yet persistent savoury finish.
At once charming and serious. The wine shows typicity. It is complex and layered. A beautiful expression of a fine, cool, finesse-filled vintage.”