Maysara 3 Degrees Pinot Noir 2016
Pinot Noir from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Intriguing notes of fresh earth, oak leaves and pepper are woven together in the initial impression. Lifted, verdant tannins give this wine a firm structure for the vintage to showcase its characteristic spiciness. A vibrant and snappy Pinot that will shine and refresh when paired with curries, spetzatinas, and rich stews.
91 points Wine Spectator, Smart Buy: "Lithe and vibrant, with expressive rose petal and black cherry aromas and spirited red plum and orange tea flavors. (2015)
In 1997, Moe and Flora Momtazi purchased 532 acres of abandoned wheat farm just south of their home in McMinnville, Oregon. Though most saw it as wild and uncared for, Moe saw a vital, thriving piece of land that had been free from chemicals for seven years.
Both the vineyard and terroir are important, but vineyard practices are key. We believe that ninety percent of winemaking takes place in the vineyards. As such, we have held ourselves to a strict form of land use. Unlike conventional farming, we do not mine the land, but nurture it and reap the rewards. There is a complete absence of chemical use throughout the property. Instead we grow a variety of plants and herbs that we make into compost teas to harness their beneficial properties. It is essentially a "from nature to nature" philosophy. As such, compost and Biodynamic preparations are extremely important in our vineyards. We have multiple compost piles and as they mature, the resulting humus is worked into our vineyards and potential vineyard sites throughout the farm. It is our goal to achieve long-term earth and vine health.
We believe that healthy soil and healthy vines will produce superior grapes, without the need for commercial chemicals and man-made poisons. Our quality shows in the dedication of our grape buyers year after year, and the award winning wines they produce from the Momtazi fruit. The consistent, high quality wines made from the Momtazi fruit leads us to believe that our dedication to the terroir and our Biodynamic farming technique is well worth the effort.