2020 - an unprecedented year for fire, people, Dogs, and wine
2020 brought wildfires and smoke into Oregon’s communities to an unprecedented degree. Thousands of Oregonians and their pets were displaced in the crisis during an already difficult year. This also created new and unique challenges for our Oregon wine community, and left many in the industry short on grapes but committed to innovation and inspiration.
Our 2020 vintage of Rascal Pinot Noir is an expression of support and unity among our friends at home and beyond. We dedicate this wine to all those working to rebuild the Oregon wine community, and to our dear friends at the Humane Society of the United States, who work every day to help animals in crisis through the Emergency Animal Rescue Fund.
To date, We’ve donated over $80,000
Why not from Oregon?
As Oregon’s wildfires raged during the 2020 harvest season, our winemaking team knew that yields from our vineyards all over the state would be diminished. Our team searched several wine regions including California, Italy, France and Chile. Using a proprietary analytical process, our team was able to find the closest-possible match for the Rascal Pinot Noir profile in the vineyards of Chile. Employing guidance from the sophisticated palate of Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman, our winemakers were able to validate the flavors and overall characteristics for this unique release.
Head winemaker Travis Todd elaborated on the surprising similarities in terroir between the two seemingly disparate wine regions. “We found that Chilean Pinot Noir exhibits noticeable similarities to our Oregon Pinot Noir. The alluvial volcanic loam soils of this part of Chile are quite similar to the Missoula flood deposits that we have here in Oregon”.
Our 2020 Rascal Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards in the southern Central Valley of Chile, near the Maule river. This area is Chile’s largest wine region with vinegrowing history dating back to the 16th century.
ELEVATION & GEOGRAPHY
Much like Oregon, the Central Valley of Chile is flanked by a smaller coastal mountain range to the west, and the much taller Andes Mountains to the east.
The Chilean vineyard grows at about 600 feet with ample sunshine and the occasional cool breeze descending from the Andes.
The nearby Maule river provides valuable natural irrigation meltwater from the Andes to younger vines in the hottest months.
Also similar to Oregon, the Central Valley of Chile experiences temperate summers and cool, wet winters.
The cold Pacific Ocean currents from the west bring in morning fog, helping to cool the vines. The warm, dry summer days and drastically cooler nights combine to make an ideal environment for ripening our 2020 Rascal Pinot Noir.
The wine is Certified Pesticide Free by the Clean Label Project.
The Chilean vines near the city of Talca are planted in a mix of volcanic and alluvial soils with deposits of clay and stone. These soils resemble the mix of soils in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
Many vineyard sites are planted in decomposed granite. This low-nutrient soil is ideal for the deep root sytems of high-quality older vines that require minimal or no irrigation.
Utilizing Chilean fruit from vineyards which closely align with our values of purity and transparency even in times of crisis, we are able to provide yet another delightful release of Rascal Pinot Noir for our consumers, and continue our support of the Humane Society!
The 2020 Rascal Pinot Noir exhibits a brilliant ruby red color with an intense and complex nose, dominated by effusive aromas of black cherries and plums, combined with a hint of tobacco and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is soft, fresh and round, with a long and pleasant finish.
2020 Rascal Pinot Noir -750mL
Grown in Chile, vinted & bottled in Dundee, Oregon.
(Soon to be released)