lus) Cellars is a small winery in Oregonís W
illamette Valley. We source from
some of the best vineyards in the state and handle the fruit minimally and carefully to create
balanced wines with complex fruit and elegant structure. Their refinement makes them natural
partners for a wide range of foods
and ensures their graceful maturation.
Aron Hess, our winemaker, tastes through the barrels in the cellar regularly and grades each
barrel on overall quality, expression of the vintage, how well it expresses terroir, and what unique
characteristics it ha
s to offer that will create supreme structure and balance. The Labyrinth is a
blend of what he feels is the best wine that the cellar has to offer in any given vintage. Each
component is carefully selected both for its superior quality and for what it ha
s to give to the
blend as a whole.
The 2008 Labyrinth is, as usual, mostly Pommard clone Pinot Noir. The most elegant and
vine fruit from Maresh, Durant, Thistle, and Murto vineyards have been blended to
create the wine that is the pinnacle
of our Pinot Noir production. The wine maintains the focused
fruit flavors, powerful structure and fleshy mouthfeel that have come to characterize this wine. It
should drink well on release with decanting, but will develop greater nuance and richness ove
next fifteen years.