Notes from the producer:
"Devona is the longtime aspiration of Winemaker John Abbott and his wife, Molly. With this winery, and the addition of Oregon Pinot Noir to the cellar, we bring our winemaking career full circle from where our interest in wine first began at Oregon State University in the late 1980's.
The four varietals that we produce, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay are each special to us. We have been making wine for more than 30 years and have enjoyed a successful history with each of these varietals at different times in our career. Pinot Noir is the most recent addition to our collection, and it's like meeting up with an old friend."
About the cuvee:
"The vines in this block are incredible! Physically, they are stretching, reaching, big, gnarled, beautiful pieces of mother nature’s art. Because of their proximity to the Columbia River, they have never frozen back to the ground, and that is something, given the winters we can have–not often–but every now and again. When we first came to Washington State, it was said that these killing freezes happened every seven years. Knock on wood, the last really bad one was in 1996, and the last somewhat bad one was in 2011. Still, in each winter, the extended period of deep dormancy that Eastern Washington winters provide is very important to our region and the uniqueness of Washington wines.
What these old vines deliver is consistent quality and expressiveness from start to finish, and this is a particularly special vintage of quality and expressiveness. Plush dark briar, black currant, and plum fruits create the essence of the wine. Dates and preserved fig combine with a hint of black olive and dried thistle to make a delightful and complete sensory experience with a long lush finish. The complexity, combined with the balance, acidity, and tannin, will offer excellent aging and longevity."
Aged in 80% new French oak for 23 months.