Brought to you by Aberrant Cellars, Sidecar Wine Trials is an exploratory search engine into the diverse varietal wonders outside of Pinot Noir. Our intentions are unequivocal: to thrill, surprise and entice in an utterly sensual manner. To that end, while venturing to craft unique or unexplored blends, and working through lesser known varietals, there will be little reliance on tradition, or what’s been done by predecessors. Instead, we’ll be drawing on instinct and a pioneering spirit to be the vehicles for delivery of sumptuous, intriguing values to our audience.
The Important Stuff:
Gamay (60%)- Havlin Vineyard, Van Duzer Corridor (WV), (Sustainable/Live Certified, Dry-Farmed)
Located in the newly established AVA to the west of Eola-Amity Hills. The wind influence off the Pacific Ocean is significant here, cooling afternoon temperatures on average by 20 degrees, thereby extending the season’s hang time for flavor development; and even though these are the latest blocks we harvest in the WV, sugars tend to be the lowest. Shallow, sedimentary soils lie atop of ironstone bedrock which naturally limits vigor in the vines. Resulting wines are darkly colored, intensely focused, and filled with personality.
Cabernet Franc (28%)- Eevee’s Vineyard, Applegate Valley, (Sustainable/Live Certified)
Located just north of the California border, and within the Siskiyou Mountains, this scenic region is a burgeoning hotbed for quality wines. At nearly 1500 feet elevation Eevee’s Vineyard benefits from the warm sunny days and cool nights of this mountainous region. Fast draining, gravel soils over granitic bedrock provide an ideal foundation for Cab Franc. The wines reflect a classic expression of this grape, with tension, purity and marvelous dark shaded fruits, tobacco and earth to the fore.
Pinot Noir (12%)- Julon Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills (Sustainable/Live Certified, Dry-Farmed)
An earlier ripening, drier pocket of this AVA, where the resulting wines showcase a sexier side to Pinot Noir. Its silken texture and supple red fruits provide an added dimension and a beautiful, finishing accompaniment to this blend.
The 3 varieties were brought up individually and finally assembled a month prior to bottling. Gamay and Pinot spent 12 months in barrel (Gamay-Neutral, Pinot 20% new), Cab Franc 15 months (25% new). Each was then racked to tank for 3-6 months. Bottled unfined/unfiltered. 365 cases. 13.3% ABV
WINE ENTHUSIASTCabernet Franc and 12% Pinot Noir, sourced from widely separate vineyards throughout Oregon, is a surprising success. The flavors are ripe, recalling sweet mulberry and black-berry, and the polished tannins wrap it up nicely. Drink up.