2006 LOTEO PINOT NOIR OREGON ORT
In 2006 my twin sons, Carlo and Matteo were born. Harvest of that same year presented an opportunity for very ripe grapes to make a Port-style wine that would be made in their honor.
I made just over three barrels of wine using the old traditions of Portugal; treading the grapes by foot, fortifying the fermentation with Oregon grape brandy from Clear Creek Distillery and putting the sweet, rich concoction to bed in old barrels to rest.
In Portugal a Port bottled after one year is called a “Ruby”. I bottled my first barrel after one year and thus was born the LOTEO Ruby Twin.
This year, after seven years in barrel, I bottled the second barrel. Traditionally it would be called a “Tawny” and since this bottling all comes from a single vintage year it would be considered a specialized class of tawny called a “Colheita”. This week marks the arrival of the LOTEO Colheita Twin!
The last and final barrel is the responsibility of the boys, but I expect it will be bottled as a 20 year old Colheita Tawny…Given their age at that point, perhaps the next bottling might be called the Loteo 20 year old Tuition Twin.
This is not from Portugal thus it can not be a Port, however it is proudly from Oregon and as such must be an Ort.
- Winemaker, Eric Hamacher