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"Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world."

- Ernest Hemingway


WINE & SPIRITS Magazine, 2015: 

In the last year, CHAPTER 24 VINEYARDS has galvanized its efforts with new talent managing both cellar and vineyards sources, in pursuit of some of Oregon’s most quietly expressive and seamless pinots.

An Amalgamated Approach: Currently winemaker Max Marriott and viticulturist Ryan Hannaford draw on 80 parcels from 30 vineyards in Oregon to compose wines for three cuvees, designated as either “Fire” (volcanic soils) or “Flood” (sedimentary soils). Declassified lots go into another brand called Maison I “Envoye (see Wineries to Watch, page 26), while the best lots from either soil type may be selected for “The Last Chapter,” the firm’s top bottling.

Infusion Winemaking: Count Louis-Michel Liger-Belair of Vosne-Romanee consults for the brand, championing whole-berry fermentation, with gentle “infusion” as opposed to extraction. He believes that his wines accumulate colors, flavor, intensity and textural composure with a lower conversion rate for sugars than “traditional” fermentation regimes, the net result of which is that the grapes can be harvested riper and produced less alcohol. (Owner Mark Tarlov has spent the last year compiling scientific evidence of the system’s efficacy in published papers on yeast and fermentation behavior.)
       In 2013, viticulturist Ryan Hannaford tweaked the vine architecture in the vineyards they control in a way that they hoped would facilitate phenolic maturity and slow sugar maturity, removing laterals (the engine, he says, of sugar production) and opening the canopy to create the kind of umbrella effect, which is slightly more humid zone where the grapes resides, which he believes helps slow evaporation off the berries.

The Moving Target: The three top wines was tasted this year from Chapter 24 feel youthful and peripatetic, capable of dramatic changes in the glass. In our offices, The Last Chapter shone with a luminous, bifurcated energy, dark and light, grippy and lithe, focused and wild at once; on a summer visit to the winery it was the “Fire” bottling that seemed radiant in its taut and luscious red fruits, rooted by the red grip of its Jory, Nekia and Witzel Soils. - P.J.C.

WINE & SPIRITS Magazine:
100 Best Wines of the Year, Winter 2015

2013 Willamantte Valley THE LAST CHAPTER Pinot Noir
Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits Magazine“The 2013 Last Chapter exhibited a kind of embarrassment of exuberance when tasted for this issue, dark-fruited one moment, red-fruited the next, tense and jittery one  moment, rhapsodic and harmonious the next. Tasted over three days, the next impression was one of vibrancy and potential, the strawberry-liqueur saturation promising to evolve into something lasting.”

2013 Willamantte Valley THE FLOOD Pinot Noir
Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits Magazine“The 2013 Flood derives from the Willamette Valley’s ocean influenced, sedimentary soils. Quiet and firm at the outset, it develops with air, taking on a dark-cherry scent and a tarry depth of flavor. It’s not until it’s been open for two days that the fruit brightens into strawberry accents becoming fleshy and mouthfilling in its ripeness. This needs time in the bottle to knit; then serve with duck breast.”

2013 Willamantte Valley THE FIRE Pinot Noir
Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits Magazine, October 2015: “Once past the gingerbread spice and subtle oak presence, The 2013 Fire is like a platonic statement of Jory and Nekia soil expression, its pulpy red-cherry fruit given a dusty lift from that red-dirt grippiness. The tannin-acid structure is at once subtle and gentle, propping up a ferrous, volcanic minerality that lends grace, length and even lift to a subtly assertive wine.”

VINOUS Magazine, October 2015

2013 Willamantte Valley THE LAST CHAPTER Pinot Noir
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2015:
“Deep red. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red berry preserves, potpourri and spicecake, with a  smoky topnote. Sweet, open-knit raspberry and cherry flavors possess convey excellent depth and energy, with juicy acidity adding spine. Rich yet lively and precise, with berries, spices and flowers repeating on the gently tannic, very long finish.”

2013 Willamantte Valley THE FLOOD Pinot Noir
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2015: “Dark red. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, Indian spices and potpourri, with a cola nuance gaining strength with air. Juicy, expansive and sweet on the palate, offering focused black raspberry and cherry flavors and a suggestion of candied flowers. Shows very good clarity and lift on the finish, leaving a note of cherry-cola behind.”

2013 Willamantte Valley THE FLOOD Pinot Noir
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2015:
“Vivid red. Raspberry, candied rose, cola and blood orange on the intensely perfumed nose. Silky, sweet and open-knit, offering an array of red fruit flavors complicated by notes of spicecake and  floral pastille. Shows very good energy and focus on the clinging finish, which features supple tannins and an echo of candied flowers.”

Follow the links bellow for more press and reviews:

Wine Enthusiast - Your Wine & Fine Art Fixes

Willamette Week (2nd article) - Enid Spitz

Eater PDX

Travel + Leisure

VinVillage Radio - Memorial Day happenings

Willamette Week, mural - Enid Spitz

Everyday Cooking w/Kristie Greenwood

KOIN Art Mural Kyle Maki 5/22/15

KGW Art Mural Cassidy Quinn 5/19/15

Local Wine Events - Mural

Sip Northwest - Mural

Sip Northwest - Taste Dundee

Punch Double Zero Jennifer Fiedler 5/4/15 - Taste Dundee

KATU News - Taste Dundee - Broadcast interview with Ryan Hannaford

Sip with Me - Taste Dundee

My Window - ABC (Bend)

Oregonian - Taste Dundee

Portland Mercury - Taste Dundee

Money News - Mid-Atlantic Wine Festival

Delaware Business Daily - Mid-Atlantic Wine Festival

Go Local PDX - Taste Dundee

Great Northwest Wine - Taste Dundee

Sip NW - 8 Names to Know Event

Portland Tribune - 8 Names to Know Event

Oregonian - 8 Names to Know Event

Winerabble Taste Dundee 4/9/15

Bloomberg News Chapter 24 Double Zero Pinots Elin McCoy 2/3/15

TheWineSnob Last Chapter 12/5/14

Portland Tribune Thanksgiving Jennifer Anderson 11/26/14

Examiner launch party Wendy Bumgardner