Housed in a fully modern winemaking facility in Dundee, Oregon, Voix de la Vigne wines are made by French-born winemaker Bruno Corneaux.
The wines are crafted to express the purity of each grape variety. These are elegant wines, with no use of new oak, and relatively low alcohol levels.
The grapes are sourced from a variety of vineyard sites from both volcanic and sedimentary soils. These vineyards are under the viticultural control of Bruno Corneaux and his team.
Voix de la Vigne wines are dressed up to evoke classics from the old world. The label is not only pleasing to the eye, but serves also as an indication of what the buyer can expect from the wine.
The intent is to ‘speak’ to the wine buyer who is interested in wine of elegance and finesse- the hallmark of the Voix de la Vigne brand.
2016 Vintage Summary
Similar to the last two vintages, the 2016 growing season continued to push the envelope for defining the new normal in Oregon as one of the earliest on record. An unusually warm spring gave way to moderate summer conditions, which provided even growing conditions through véraison. Though it was an intense growing season due to the early start, the fruit produced throughout the state resulted in wonderful concentra-tion and complexity with characteristic natural acidity.
The 2016 vintage saw practically immaculate fruit with few signs of disease, pest or bird effects. Vineyards and wineries in the Willamette Valley were largely finished with harvest by the end of September to early-October, while wineries in other regions carried on through
mid-to-late October depending on the varieties planted. Because of the cooler temperatures in September and October, Growing Degree Days (GDD) accumulation in the western valleys ended up between the totals seen in 2013 and 2014. Lower GDD was also seen in eastern Oregon and Washington where the coolest conditions in the Pacific Northwest were experienced.
2016 Vintage Summary
Similar to the last two vintages, the 2016 growing season continued to push the envelope for deﬁning the new normal in Oregon as one of the earliest on record. An unusually warm spring gave way to moderate summer conditions, which provided even growing conditions through véraison. Though it was an intense growing season due to the early start, the fruit produced throughout the state resulted in wonderful concentration and complexity with characteristic natural acidity.
Bud break kicked off the vintage two to four weeks earlier than normal. A short heat spell at bloom condensed the flowering period, resulting in a smaller fruit set for most producers. Summer provided average conditions with fewer heat spikes than the 2014 or 2015 vintages, which led to smaller berry size and a higher concentration of flavors. Warmer than normal conditions in most areas in August shepherded along the early vintage and most vineyards started to harvest early ripening varieties during the last week of the month or early September.
If 2014 and 2015 made very good wines, the 2016 vintage may be headed toward greatness.
2017 Vintage Summary
2017 was a return to normal for the Willamette Valley after three consecutive warm vintages. The fundamental characteristics of the Willamette Valley’s climate is cool and moderate; ripening each cluster on the edge of the on-set of fall. This type of growing season allows for complexities in flavor and for tannins to develop while retaining the backbone of the wines’ acid.The season started with a cool and wet March, April and May, which pushed bloom back to late June, setting the stage for a later harvest. Warm and dry conditions prevailed through the summer months creating the ideal situation for steady vine growth and fruit ripening. The vines set a higher than average crop. These crop levels were managed to bring the best out of the fruit. As with all classic Oregon vintages, it came down to September and October. September heat waves can shrivel fruit, which forces an early harvest and brings the wines out of balance. 2017 did not disappoint. Two early September rain events refreshed the soils, giving the vines a boost to extend the growing season and build complexity. The rest fruit harvested was in the third week of September. Calm and cool weather allowed for an easy pace of harvest through October. Pure, delicate and vibrant wines with intriguing structure were the result.
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