The early and original motivation behind this wine was to create something very special to celebrate the 2016 wedding of Left Coast's younger son, Taylor Pfaff, who is now CEO of the family's all Estate Vineyard and Winery property. This 100 percent whole cluster Pinot Noir, named for Taylor's beautiful bride, Christina, has developed with the years to reflect the best expression of each successive vintage. The bottles of this 2018 lot carry a wind blown portrait of Christina who is intimately connected to the family property. A scientist, she is pursuing her PhD in Hydrology at nearby Oregon State in Corvallis, her research supported by the University. At Left Coast, she has worked in the winery's lab as well as pouring our wines at various venues, including Oregon Mountain Bike events. She has been the originating and driving force behind our annual Run for the Oaks, the fund making mechanism for the work needed to preserve the magnificent, stately, ancient white oaks on the property. All revenue the day of the run goes towards returning the oak savanna to it original state, devoid of the invasive plant material that crowds out the 300 plus year old oaks and inhibits young seedlings from thriving and growing to maturity. Only two to four percent of these oaks remain in the Valley today. A long distance runner, Christina has contributed mightily to the restoration of 100 of the Estate's nearly 500 acres to its former savanna condition, a treasure that fosters the return and sustenance of native plant material and welcomes increasing biodiversity across the property. This wine reflects its namesake's adventurous spirit and also the family's commitment to the ongoing stewardship of the land from which it comes. In it you will find notes of black tea, cherry, spice, a bit of leather and tobacco perhaps, and a touch of earth of the forest floor. This is a wine among the most evocative of Left Coast's smaller productions. Here you can almost taste and sense a summer's night in the oak savanna, surrounded by the vineyards where the grapes are planted, grown, nurtured, and harvested. The Van Duzer Corridor runs through our land. Thirty-seven miles from the ocean, the strength of those nightly breezes provide natural refrigeration, toughen the skins, and add to the gorgeous color of the wine and its tannin structure. This Christina's wine is drinking beautifully now with, certainly, greater depth and complexity to come if you are patient enough to allow some encouraged additional bottle aging. Thank you for supporting the Oregon Wine Experience and the great causes and people it benefits. We are proud and grateful to continue to be a part of this. Cheers!
Projected Release Date: November 2021
American Viticultural Area (AVA): Willamette Valley
Alcohol Percentage: 13.2%
Winemaker: Joe Wright
Winery Website: www.leftcoastwine.com