This is the story of the sculptor and The Uncarved Block.  When a sculptor imagines a block of marble, he sees what others cannot. His chisel removes what does not belong to expose the elegance and beauty of what was hidden. This purity of form is only revealed by careful and thoughtful action. 

In our desire to produce wines of integrity and beauty, we have embraced a vision of the inherently pure qualities of Pinot Noir.  Our uncarved block was a cherry orchard that we sculpted into a 35 acre vineyard.

As is the case with all of our Pinot Noirs, this bottling is 100% estate grown and hand harvested fruit. The individual blocks were fermented with whole clusters and indigenous yeast from the vineyard. In the cellar, we aged the individual lots in French oak barrels for more than 12 months. The blend is a reflection of our soils, microclimates and stewardship of the land.

The Uncarved Block Pinot Noir

The Vintage: The 2012 vintage, like all Oregon vintages, is a story unto itself. The growing season was warm and dry, with no measurable precipitation from mid-June through mid-October. A collection of seemingly perfect days, followed by cool evenings, extended the ripening period through mid-October. A brief day of soaking rain occurred on Friday the 12th, and we began harvest that Sunday.

You can read the full Harvest After Action Report (AAR) on our FLOG (Farming bLOG):

Tasting Notes: Sting Ray blinker red. Elegant and delineated aromas of cherry jelly, red raspberries, balsamic drenched strawberries, Five Spice and cocoa dusted almonds taunt while gaining full access to your frontal lobe. Luxuriously enveloping and captivating, precisely exquisite flavors tease, exposing deftly wielded acidity and finely textured stem tannins juxtaposed. Unfined and unfiltered.

Culinary Inclinations: Rabbit forequarters stewed in white beans with shredded Serrano ham, Morel mushrooms and finely diced celery, onion, carrots and Herbes de Provence.

The Uncarved Block Pinot Noir Accolades:

2011 The Uncarved Block

Lil’ Red. Cinnamon, red currant, wild cherry, five spice, tilled earth and crushed ripe blackberry aromas exude limitlessly while the lithe and elegant palate presence takes you to a trysting place where red fruits, freshly tilled earth, refined stem tannin and disciplined acidity engage, all the while channeling the unmistakable nuance and intrigue of vintage 2007. Unfined and unfiltered.

         - Amalie Robert Estate Tasting Notes

An introduction to Amalie Robert Pinot Noir. Estate grown and bottled. Fermented with whole clusters and feral yeast. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered. Light cherry red color in the glass. Typical whole cluster infused nose with aromas of cherry, rose petal, pine sap and sandalwood. Light in weight, with flavors of red cherry, cranberry and baking spices framed by bright acidity and silky tannins. This wine reflects the very cool vintage admirably

          - William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D., PinotFile, September 2016 - 90 points

2010 The Uncarved Block

Deviously intoned burlesque red. Ripe Montmorency cherries and Crimson roses greet you at the threshold – nostrils flare. Heady aromas of freshly pitted pie cherries, cinnamon, baking spice and Darjeeling tea are supported by a lithe and ever maneuvering body. Restraint and control are ever present, however the palate is transcendent through layers of fruit expression and stem tannins within the firm garter of acidity.

          - Amalie Robert Estate Tasting Notes

Bright red. Smoky, mineral-accented black raspberry and rose oil aromas are complemented by hints of cinnamon and allspice. Gently sweet red fruit flavors are given depth by a cherry pit nuance and sharpened by juicy acidity. Silky in texture and appealingly sweet, finishing with very good clarity, subtle tannins and noteworthy spicy persistence.

          - Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2015 – 91 points

With its bottle bouquet, this wine, at this stage, is quiet and elegant, given over to the savory at the expense of the fruit. For all that it’s focused and integrated, a smoky, mildly earthy tour of the Valley in a cool vintage, with a tawny, vinous presence that carries through to the long finish. (970 cases)

          - Wine & Spirits Magazine, August 2015 – 91 points, Best Buy

2009 The Uncarved Block 
Rich red in the glass leads to aromas of Darjeeling tea, cinnamon spice cake and dark cherry preserve. The palate evolves through black cherry, Marionberry and cocoa powder that leads to an enduring finish balanced by fine grained stem tannin and firm acidity.  Unfined and unfiltered.

          - Amalie Robert Estate Tasting Notes

Vivid red. An exotic bouquet features candied red fruits, Asian spices and potpourri, with a smoky mineral topnote. Sappy, incisive and densely packed raspberry and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up notes of cola and mocha. Finishes silky and long, with sneaky tannins and lingering sweetness.

          - Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, July 2013 – 92 points

With the 2009 vintage, The Uncarved Block assumed the identity of the Vintage Debut.


2008 Vintage Debut

Ruby red in the glass introduces the rich aroma of sun drenched blackberries, clove, dark chocolate and dried herbs. A well rounded saturation of black cherry, cola, and Darjeeling tea envelop the palate and seamlessly transition to a rich finish delineated with firm tannins and echoing acidity. Unfined and unfiltered.

          - Amalie Robert Estate Tasting Notes

Vivid red. Cherry, black raspberry and sassafras on the fragrant nose. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering juicy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and exotic spice and floral pastille qualities. The spicy note adds bite and cut to the long, energetic finish. Elegant for the vintage but not short on depth or flavor intensity.

          - Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/Aug 2011 – 91 points

Dark and full bodied, with a smoky wood spice adorning plum scents, this is pinot in broad strokes. Some time in bottle may give it the chance to knit.

          - Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2011 – Best Buy

Oregon Wine Awards, May 2011 – Double Gold

2007 Vintage Debut

Montmorency cherry red shows in the glass. Graceful aromas of crushed red raspberries, sandalwood, tilled soil, five spice and dried savory. The palate is elegant and provides an earthy core of sweetness encased by tart cherry compote, ripe red raspberries, and tea leaves. The finish lingers and is framed by integrated tannins and balanced acidity. Unfined and unfiltered.

          - Amalie Robert Estate Tasting Notes

Very light red. Spicy red fruit and herbs on the nose. Light-bodied, minerally raspberry and cherry flavors convey an ethereal quality and show a seamless texture. Graceful, precise and tangy on the finish, with the mineral and raspberry notes echoing. There's a weightless quality here that's intriguing.

          - Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/Aug 2010 - 90 points

Northwest Palate Magazine, July/August 2010 – Highly Recommended

Oregon Wine Awards, May 2010 – Double Gold