A winery dedicated to avoiding convention

Virtus ex (375ml)
Vintage 2012 ~ Eola-Amity Hills


Virtus ex {Strength/Virtue of...}  Within the Willamette valley there are 6 sub-appellations which were created starting in 2005. Each of these "sub-apps" are distinguished from one-another by differing climatic conditions, soil types, and geographical/topographical influences. Attentive upbringing by the vigneron acknowledge these distinct characteristics and allow for their unique attributes to be reflected within those designated offerings.

Virtus ex, then, was born to showcase the majestic qualities of power, elegance and a bridled-sauvage element, that display a nervous energy and are tightly wound in youth, though evolve gracefully with age...qualities inherent among the top wines produced within the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.

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 Half Bottle
10/18 & 10/19
15 Months, French Oak (42% new). No racking until assemblage for bottling
Average 18 days. 15% whole-cluster use. Each Vineyard & Clone fermented seperately
The Eola-Amity Hills (EAH) sits amongst the hillsides between the small town of Amity in the north, down to Salem in the south- a distance of about 15 miles north/south and about 5 miles wide. The real significance to this location is the effect of the Van Duzer corridor which is a gap in the Coast Range mountains that allows for cooling winds to flow eastward from the Pacific ocean. Once through that gap the winds quickly run directly into the EAH tempering the late afternoon/evening temperatures. These wind effects are beneficial for retaining acidity in the grapes, though they also provide for slightly longer hang times and develop thicker skins, which ultimately benefit flavor development and intensity. The shallow, volcanic soils of EAH also play a major role in limiting vigor of the vines forcing them to focus on producing beautiful fruit opposed to growing beautiful vegetation- which deep, fertile soils will allow vines to give their full attention.
("LIVE"/Sustainably farmed) Willakia: Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA (densely-planted, rocky, volcanic soils), Clones- Pommard & 115 Zena Crown: Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA (densely-planted, high elevation), Clone- 828
87 cases (375ml)

Critical Thinking

91 Points


"Vivid ruby-red. Displays powerful, deeply pitched black raspberry and cherry scents, along with hints of sassafras and anise. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that become brighter and sweeter with air. Finishes vibrant, spicy and long, with an echoing cherry note."