Pinot Noir, Antiquum 'Juel'
Stephen Hagen farms the way he does because that’s how he likes it. He's not drawn to tractors and big trucks. A perfectly crafted pile of compost ready to leave the barnyard for the pommard block which was grazed by producers of said compost is poetry at Antiquum Farm. Wheat, grown in the vineyard, cut and piled in the vine rows smothers weeds. Poultry scratching for the wheat further weeds the vineyard returning the grain in fertilizer form to the vines. Complete cycles of life are the center of our growing philosophy. They are the reason Antiquum wines are richly distinctive and eloquent.
Their son Juel, embodies the wildness of their farm. Since he was a young boy, he has roamed freely and voraciously through their 140 acres of forest, field, and vine. This wine is a testament to his individualism, creativity, and joyous heart, combining each of the six selections of Pinot Noir they grow into one complete estate wine. Power, Structure, and Finesse in perfect balance. Antiquum Farm is unusual in its ability to ripen lush fully mature deep dark fruit, and yet retain abundant natural acidity. This interplay creates an exciting tension that is rarely experienced. This vineyard produces mouth loads of fine-grained fruit-driven tannin. Generous treatments of French oak never overwhelm the unique attributes of this site