Chapter24

"If you look closely enough you can see the entire universe in a glass of wine."

– Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate, Physics.

At the Chapter 24 Vineyards we want to create a culture that is uncommonly interesting, innovative, intelligent, human, irreverent, focused, timely and delicious. A culture about the action of thinking. Thinking about the vineyard, the evolution of grape to wine, and above everything else, the experience of drinking. It is only the act of drinking that fully animates our wine. At their best, our Pinots change the atmosphere around our lives. Emotion, thought and action influenced by the attractive forces generated by a glass of wine.

Drink. Think. Delicious.

Wines

THE FIRE

Volcanic Soils

Retail Price: $60

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THE FLOOD

Sedimentary Soils

Retail Price: $60

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THE LAST CHAPTER

Retail Price: $90

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First Impressions

"It is not so much a contemplation of terroir, as it is an exploration...weightless density, like purple gossamer"

– The Oregonian by Katherine Cole, November 2013

"The 2012, (Last Chapter), has the kind of elegant fruit expression and seamless tannins more often found in Chambolle or Vosne than in the Willamette."

– Wine & Spirits Magazine, October 2013

WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE JUNE 2014

"THE LAST CHAPTER" PINOT NOIR

96 points

"The Last Chapter" is the tête de cuvée from Chapter 24, a project between Mark Tarlov and Louis Michel Liger-Belair, with Mikey Etzel making the wine. From multiple vineyard sources representing both volcanic and sedimentary soils, this wine’s initial scents of ripe black cherry and plum hint at the palate’s potential richness. And yet the wine isn’t so much rich as mouthfilling. A saturating and delicious presence that mimics richness, this bursts with exuberant fruit on the finish, then quietly recedes. This wine feels in every sense complete — calm and placid, with a succulence gently occupying every corner of the mouth.

FIRE + FLOOD PINOT NOIR "THE FLOOD" PINOT NOIR

94 points

This wine is a blend of four vineyards, all from the sedimentary (“Flood”) soils series found in the Willamette Valley. A vibrant purple, there’s a dark cherry thrust to the aroma, adorned by a touch of nori. The flavors are more demonstrative — dark and blue, rippling, pure, saturating, they reach the edge of your mouth the way color reaches the edge of the glass. In its texture the wine is at its most seductive, the purity of fruit held in place by a skidding, gravelly grip. Delicious now, it will deepen further with cellar time.

FIRE + FLOOD PINOT NOIR “THE FIRE” PINOT NOIR

93 points

Suave and mineral, this wine is blended from vineyard sources representing the volcanic “Fire” soils of the Willamette Valley. It’s more red-fruited than its counterparts, with scents of cherries, cedar, sassafras and forest floor. A tannic component to the texture girds the wine while serving as a springboard, keeping it high-toned and elegant. A long-ager, it will reward the patient.

WINE SPECTATOR

LAST CHAPTER •

93 points • $90 • 824 cases made • Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

Well-buffed and ripe, dancing deftly over refined tannins to deliver currant and blackberry fruit in spades, glinting with hot stone and meaty notes as the finish lingers expressively. Drink now through 2022. — H.S

THE FLOOD •

92 points • $60 • 1,358 cases made • Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Crisp and detailed, shining a spotlight on the blackberry, currant, smoke and nutmeg flavors in turn as they spin effortlessly through a long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2020. — H.S

THE FIRE •

91 points • $60 • 1,379 cases made • Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Fresh and vibrant, with a layer of refined tannins underlining the currant and black cherry fruit, turning steely on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. — H.S

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LAST CHAPTER •

94 points • $90 • Vivid ruby-red • Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

Heady, exotically perfumed aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, Asian spices and potpourri. Densely packed yet lithe, offering palate-staining red and dark berry and spicecake flavors that gains sweetness and vivacity with air. Distinctly fresh and supple on the gently tannic, incisive finish, which leaves notes of allspice and candied flowers behind.

THE FLOOD •

92 points • $60 • Vivid ruby • Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Powerful aromas of dark berry preserves, cola, licorice and lavender are energized by a bright mineral flourish. Palate-staining boysenberry and black raspberry flavors are given bite by a hint of blood orange. Sweet and broad on the long, sappy finish, which repeats the floral note and shows just a trace of tannins.

THE FIRE •

92 points • $60 • Vivid ruby • Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Sexy aromas of strawberry, raspberry and Asian spices, with a strong floral topnote. Taut red fruit flavors flesh out with air and show a deeper, sweeter cherry quality, with tangy acidity adding lift. Shows excellent clarity on the subtly tannic finish, with the cherry and spice notes repeating.