Square, Plumb & Level (SPL) is about crafting high-quality, vineyard designate wine focused on wine drinkers with experimental and discerning palates. We espouse the idea that bigger is not always better, highlighting varietals/vineyards and winemaking methods that evoke a sense of place, subtlety over capacity, bottle by bottle.
We chose Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Bradford Mountain for its gentle minerality, spicy cedar notes and young tannin. As Cabs tend to be produced today, we ensure the final product is not over-extracted or over-oaked. On the flip-side, Cabernet Franc is rarely seen as a blending grape and only truly embraced in France; This piqued our interest. Our Cab Franc displays notes of dark plum and tobacco with a mildly spicy finish. Best decanted if you wish to consume now, or cellared and consumed 10 years from now. SPL is best paired with medium to hearty meats and game, grilled veggies, and ragout dishes.
Winemaker: Bill Knuttel. Bill was the founding Winemaker at Saintsbury Winery where he spent 13 years establishing that brand as an international leader in high-end Pinot Noir and Chardonnay rooted in the Burgundian style. Bill then spent 7 years as VP & Winemaker at Chalk Hill Winery specializing in ultra-premium Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. From 2003 to 2011 Knuttel was Executive Winemaker at Dry Creek Vineyards where he completely re-honed the styles and quality of that winery’s extensive portfolio. We are pleased to have Bill as our Winemaker and close friend.
Peterson Vineyard – Located in the Bradford Mountain area of Dry Creek Valley. Dry-farmed, hillside fruit boasting alluvial soils at an elevation ranging from 650′-1250’ putting it above the summer fog line.
Vines: Cane-pruned, relatively high-vigor 110R, 1103P, 140R and St. George rootstock
Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc
Profile: Cassis, Blackcurrant, Plum, Tobacco
Production: 220 cases
Aging: 18 months in French Oak, 30% New
Winemaker: Patrick Taylor. Mr. P. Andrew Taylor is a learned man of production and preservation. After being awarded his Bachelors and Masters of Science from the College of Agriculture at Oregon State University, he committed himself to the occupation of winemaking.
Located 4 miles east of Carlton, Oregon in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. This vineyard boasts alluvial, loam and volcanic soil: 2/3 Willakenzie Marine Sedimentary, 1/3 Jory Volcanic stretching 330’-430’ in elevation.
The vineyard is planted to relatively high-vigor, cane-pruned Pommard, Dijon 777, and 115 root stock with an average age of 10 years for our wine.
We chose the Yamhill-Carlton AVA as it typically yields a lower acidity, deeper color, and mouth-feel than that of neighboring regions; the wines have some of the darkest color of all Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs. We prefer to keep the grape center-stage; we do not blend with other varietals nor do we over extract or over oak in order to achieve a desired profile. This wine is elegant and strives to be a true representation of Pinot Noir.
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Profile: Rose Petal, Dried Cherries, Subtle Brown Spice
Aging: 10 months in French Oak, 25% New
Francois Freres (Troncais)
Dargaud & Jaegle(Vosges)