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Pray Tell Introductory 3-pack

Pray Tell Introductory 3-pack
Small Production Willamette Valley Wines

A terrific introduction to the wines of Tom Caruso and Jess Arnold, a young Willamette Valley winemaking couple to watch.

Winemaker Notes:

2018 Pray Tell Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Total Production: 120 Cases
Our goal with Pinot Noir is to capture varietal typicity, terroir, and the energy of the vintage. In pursuit of that, we start with one of the best tools in our winemaking arsenal—meticulous sorting. The ripeness of the season allowed for lots of fun experimentation with whole cluster and destemmed approaches on three different clones of Pinot Noir— Pommard, Wadenswil, and 115. Given the structure of the vintage, we opted for extended cold soaks to achieve softer/rounder tannins, beautiful color extraction, and really interesting layers of aromatics.

2018 Pray Tell Willamette Valley Chardonnay
Total Production: 92 Cases
Our familiarity with Chardonnay on this hillside has been growing for some time and in 2018, we were able to bring in some really special fruit. We manage all of our grape pressing manually, rather than employing a preprogrammed press cycle, and in doing so, are able to more intimately coax out aromatics, flavor, and structure. Lees selection and contact during the neutral barrel elevage period play an integral role in the creamy palette feel here, while the brightness of the vintage and this Chehalem Mountains hillside are all present in the aromatics and flavors.

2018 Pray Tell Willamette Valley Red Blend
Total Production: 176 Cases 
We love Passetoutgrain, Burgundy’s blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir. With Beaujolais and Burgundy’s proximity being so close, it only makes sense that these two grape varietals would play so nicely together. The Willamette Valley continues to be compared to both regions, so we thought we would try our hand at capturing some lighting here. All of the fruit was fermented and aged separately and we put together a blend after 12 months of the wines aging in neutral French oak. We can say from first hand experience that these two make for a great pair and the resulting wine is full of energy out of the glass. Loads of bright and dark fruit, spice from the Gamay, and floral notes from the Pinot.

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