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Fullerton Five Faces Pinot Noir 2015

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 International Wine Review: 91
Country:United States
Region:Oregon
Winery:Fullerton Wines
Grape Type:Pinot Noir
Organic:Yes
Vintage:2015
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Fullerton Five Faces Pinot Noir 100% Pinot Noir - 7-40 years old

FIVE FACES is an acronym for the five members of the Fullerton family - Filip, Alex, Caroline, Eric and Susanne. 
A blend from Fullerton's best vineyard sources, Five FACES Pinot Noir always showcases the breadth of the terroir in the Willamette Valley with the inclusion of both volcanic, basalt-based soils and sedimentary, sandstone-based soils. The fruit hails from geographically diverse sites within the valley, each with their own unique micro-climates.

Lovely ruby with aromas of cherry, strawberry, cinnamon, bramble, and brooding humus. Fresh on the palate with nice persistence leading into the soft, noteworthy tannins. Drink now or hold for up to 5 years.

In order to build a complex and layered Willamette Valley blend, we used open-top, closed-top, and barrel fermentation. For the open-top tanks, we favored punch-downs, whereas the closed-top tanks received pump-overs exclusively. The rotator barrels spun on a schedule yielding a gentle extraction. All methods also received a minimum of two rack-and-returns at precise times during the fermentation process. Nearly all lots were cold-soaked for up to 10 days, and ambient yeasts carried out the fermentation. In total, we utilized 15% whole clusters. The wine was aged for 11 months in 20% new French oak barrels.

Review:

"The 2015 'Five Faces' Pinot Noir shows deep profile with aromatics leading to wild mushroom, black cherry and wild blackberry. The palate displays a medium weight with flavors of orange zest, black truffle, wild blackberry cobbler and a hint of cola. This is delicious and shows excellent balance. (Best 2017-2027) - July, 2017 (OB)"

- International Wine Report (July 2017), 91 pts



Winery: Fullerton Wines

Great wine speaks profoundly, a universal language transcending any one culture. Hailing from northern Europe, the Fullerton family speaks many languages, and delights in sharing the language of wine with others. Fullerton Wines crafts elegant and distinctive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that transport you to their place, Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Date Founded: 2012
Owner: Eric, Susanne & Alexander Fullerton
Winery Philosophy: Crafting elegant and distinctive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

A family of enophiles, the Fullertons can trace their love of wine to Eric, who was first introduced to wine growing and production during his teenage years when he worked as a cellar hand in Germany (a story in and of itself). A few years later, his best friend in Denmark inherited an impressive cellar of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. Together, they sought younger bottlings of the cellared wines, and held vertical tastings. Their interest in wine grew, and they began traveling throughout France discovering new producers to fuel their expanding passion.

When Eric and Susanne met in Stockholm, it did not take long for Susanne to fall in love with Eric and the wines he respected. Marriage soon followed, and they continued tasting, savoring, and cellaring wine.

In 2010, Alex Fullerton graduated from the University of Oregon with an Economics degree. Alex and Eric were tasting wine at Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, and began discussing home-brewing and the process of fermentation. The conversation led to the idea of Alex making wine. A couple of minutes later, Lynn Penner-Ash entered the room, and Eric asked her how Alex could enter the industry. Coincidentally, a harvest intern had dropped out that morning, and she needed a replacement. The next day Alex was offered a job as an intern, and later became a cellar hand at Penner-Ash. His passion ignited.

Alex next took off to New Zealand to work at Drylands Winery in Marlborough. Although the experience didn’t align with the handcrafted winemaking tradition in Oregon, he came back determined to learn more about growing and production. Penner-Ash welcomed him back again for the 2011 harvest, and he worked the following 2012 harvest at Bergström Wines under winemaker Josh Bergström. Lynn Penner-Ash and Josh Bergström both mentored and inspired Alex, deepening his knowledge of winemaking.

Fullerton Wines began in a garage in 2011. Alex and Eric partnered with their good friend Roger Wallberg and made a few barrels of Pinot Noir. Despite the challenging vintage, the wine impressed and Fullerton Wines was born. Today, Fullerton Wines crafts treasured Willamette Valley wines, focused purely on the Burgundian varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Winery Acreage: 0.5
Winery Production: 11,300 / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: Pinot Noir:110ton, Chardonnay:30ton, Pinot Gris: 20ton, Syrah 2ton.
Pinot Noir: 8,150 cases, Chardonnay: 2,000 cases, Pinot Gris: 1,000 cases and Syrah:150 cases
Winemaker: Alex Fullerton


Alex Fullerton worked at Penner-Ash and Bergstrom in Willamette Valley, Oregon and Drylands in Blenheim, NZ majored in Economy @ UO, Studied Organic chemistry @ PSU and Viticulture & Enology @ OSU.

Vineyards: Ivy Slope (Estate) Chard, Croft PN, Fir Crest PN, Arbor Brook PN, Lichtenwalter PN, Bjornson PN, Momtazi PN, Ch Bianca Chard, Bella Vida PN, Apolloni PN, Bennett PN, La Velle PG, May's Vineyard Syrah.
Ivy Slope (Estate) 0.5 Acres All others by Acerage contracts.
Age of the vines: 7 - 50 years.
Everything is at a minimum Sustainable, Momtazi is Biodynamic and Croft is Organically certified.

Our holistic viticulture produces energetic fruit, great wine, and a healthier world.

Great wine requires great fruit. Growing high-quality grapes demands that we care for the soil in which the vines grow. Grapes, more than any other crop, convey the characteristics and health of their site. It is widely known that the best wines come from grapes grown in well-drained soils. Grape growers and winemakers are becoming increasingly aware of the devastating effects of synthetic fertilizers and herbicides on the structure, drainage, infiltration, and overall health of the soil. At Fullerton Wines, our pursuit of great wine guides us to organic and biodynamic farming methods because of its ability to build up healthy soils while also sequestering carbon into the soil (thereby helping to mitigate climate change). Through these methods, we improve the aggregate stability, drainage, water-holding capacity, and infiltration of the soils. We also reduce erosion and nutrient leaching.


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 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 93 Wine Enthusiast: 92
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Blueberry and ripe strawberry with a dash of baker’s spice, bramble, and herbs. The palate carries the fruit forward elegantly with balanced tannins following. Intriguing complexity and depth—an impressive wine for all.

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Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir 2017

Fullerton Three Otters Pinot Noir is made from 100% Pinot Noir - 40 years old

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Fullerton Lichtenwalter Pinot Noir 2016

Fullerton Lichtenwalter Pinot Noir  is made from 100% Pinot Noir - 10 years old

12 months in 100% neutral French Oak

On the western slope of the south-facing Ribbon Ridge sits the lovely Lichtenwalter Vineyard. Here Willakenzie soils, derived from ancient sedimentary seabed, coax black fruits and concentrated spices out of the wines. 

Aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, blackberry, and black cherry with concentrated spices followed by hints of sandalwood, smoke and oolong tea. Depth in the mid-palate pairs with balanced acidity, and so, yet structured tannins. The Willamee Valley’s smallest AVA speaks clearly and compellingly through this wine.

This wine comes from 100% destemmed rotator barrels fermented at ambient temperature reaching a peak temperature of 73° F. The rotator barrel spun twice daily during fermentation yielding a gentle extraction. Aer fermentation, the wine went through a three-week extended maceration, allowing the tannins to polymerize, soening the wine. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and three months in tank, the wine was then boled aer filtration.

Review:


"Deep, brilliant red. Smoke-accented cherry, blackberry and violet scents show very good clarity and pick up a hint of spiciness with air. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet dark berry and spicecake flavors that are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Dusty tannins build steadily on an impressively long, penetrating finish that strongly echoes the cherry and floral notes. (all de-stemmed fruit and all neutral French oak, made entirely from the 777 Dijon clone°. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (June 2019), 92 pts


 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 92
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