Seattle-raised Sarah Cabot studied jazz composition in Boston before returning home to learn winemaking at South Seattle Community College’s Northwest Wine Academy. Her first crush in the Willamette Valley came in 2007, and a year later she helped launch David Moore’s brand in the Chehalem Mountains. The 2011 vintage signaled the first bottling of top barrels from the Newberg operation’s young plantings of clones 114, 115, Pommard and Wadenswil in sedimentary soils. Cabot’s program of 16 months in 50% new French oak shows in the nose of caramel alongside strawberry-rhubarb pie, Rainier cherry and pink peppercorns. It’s followed by elegant flavors of Chukar Cherry, strawberry and lavender, backed by pleasing blueberry acidity, good traction from integrated tannins and a food-friendly alcohol profile.
Production: 450 cases