A winery dedicated to avoiding convention

Carpe Noctem


Carpe Noctem:{Seize the Night} There are some activities which simply seem better suited for when darkness falls and our animal spirits are once again awakened from daytime temperance.  In addition to those[!], pulling the cork to this evocative wine should be placed toward the top of the list.   

Spawning from the first choice of the cellar through a methodical process of barrel by barrel selection we hone in on distinct characteristics sought out in every vintage - deep & sensuous, structured & carnal; graceful enough to walk the high-wire of balance, and the vitality to disco many nights yet to come.    

As the name suggests one can easily get lost in its magnitude-much like the evening's wake.  For those up to the task, carpe diem and then, Carpe Noctem!


Our Raison d'être is to capture and, ultimately, bottle an elusive element of the profound.  We strive to do this by diligently following the practice of "making" as much of our wines while the clusters are still hanging on the vines.  Carefully chosen hill-side sites provide for naturally lower yields and attentive farming throughout the season culls out any lingering mediocrity.  Finally, a last, ruthless pass through every row of every parcel by the winemaker cuts out any remaining "critter clusters" that will be left lying on the ground of the vineyards just prior to the start of harvest.   

We go to these lengths in the vineyards so that once gravity forces the clusters into the awaiting fermenters our approach can be focused exclusively on coaxing all of the hidden secrets out of the fermentations.  Adaptive technique matched to the peculiarities of the vintage allows for a truer expression to be captured within a given year.  This absolute commitment ensures that 'Noctem will be the pinnacle offering under Aberrant Cellars.  Where nature allows us to garner a small portion of her beauty we attempt to relay that message, via our individual dialect, in an integral & provocative manner as possible.  


9/15/2015 -9/27/2015
18 Months, French Oak (50% new), 2 Months Stainless Steel prior to bottling
Avg. 19 days. 16% Whole Cluster use (hand selected). Each Vyd & Clone separately * Free Run: Direct to the barrel (no settling). * Malolactic Fermentation in the barrel, completed August 2016
Briscoe: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, (Organically Farmed) Clone 114 * Johnson: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, (Organically Farmed) Clone Wadenswil, 667,115 * Bjornson: Eola-Amity Hills AVA, (Sustainable/Live) Clones Pommard, 4407 * Havlin: Van Duzer Corridor AVA, (Sustainable/Live) Clones Swan, 667
Production: 8 Barrels selected- 192 cases * Bottled: Unfined/Unfiltered, June 2017. Release June 2018
Regional Use: Yamhill-Carlton 50%, Eola-Amity Hills 25%, Van Duzer Corridor 25%

Critical Thinking

93 Points


Brilliant ruby-red. Smoke-tinged cherry, dark berries, candied flowers and a hint of vanilla on the deeply perfumed nose. Intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth and turn sweeter on the back half. Finishes very long and chewy, with a resonating floral quality, repeating spiciness and youthfully solid tannins that avoid intruding on the wine's juicy, lingering dark fruit. (16% whole clusters and 50% new French oak)