Fossil & Fawn Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Fossil & Fawn is the project of Jim Fischer Jr. and Jenny Mosbacher. Produced entirely from Jim’s family vineyard, Silvershot (formerly Crowley Station), it is the careful study and experimentation of a single place. While their vineyard has become a familiar single-vineyard designate thanks to early supporters such as Brianne Day, it was only recently that they began bottling estate wines under their own label. They presently make their wine in a little town called Gervais, Oregon, subletting space from Scenic Valley Farms.
Since the 2011 vintage, Jenny and Jim Jr. have been producing tiny batches of fascinating wines from this singular place. They are at once a celebration of tradition and a riveting look at the future. Though the Fischer family has lived at the Silvershot property since the 1970’s, it wasn’t until 1999 that they began planting their home vineyard. They hand planted 15 acres of own-rooted vine cuttings, gathered from neighboring heritage vineyards, in soils comprised of ancient marine sediment, Ogliocene sandstone and fossilized seashells. While winemaking is handled by Jenny and Jim Jr., viticulture is handled by Jim Sr. Silvershot is both dry-farmed and sustainably managed. In the cellar they keep it simple: Native fermentations, no additions, no adjustments, all neutral oak, no filtering, and no fining. - Bowler Wine
Wine Notes: The wine exhibits what we consider to be the signature terroir characteristics of Silvershot Vineyards: delicate aromas and flavors of red berries and violets, brick dust and walnut shell, with a finish of dried herbs and saline. As is also typical of wines from the site, it has bright acidity and robust tannins that will unwind and soften over time (or with a vigorous decanting for those who can't wait).