In 2010 esteemed vintner Craig Williams, renowned for his tenure at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, came to Oregon with his family and acquired land with the vision to establish vineyards of unparalleled quality. The Williams turned heads, cultivating three distinctive sites in the Eola-Amity Hills. X Novo stands out with a notably diverse 15 clones of Pinot noir and 20 clones of Chardonnay thoughtfully interwoven and densely planted in this tiny three-and-a-half acre site. Located in an area known as Spring Valley, X Novo sits on the edge of the Holmes Gap, where the Van Duzer winds funnel through the rolling hills. Perched at 525 feet in elevation, this captivating site reveals extremely rocky clays known as Gelderman.
X Novo Pinot noir showcases the aromas of perfectly ripe black cherries and the seductive essence of wild lilacs. The palate reverberates cherry and adds vibrant elderberries and exotic spices, followed by lingering earthy notes of cinnamon, morel mushrooms, and sweet tobacco. Alluringly spicy and wild, X Novo’s generously lengthy finish showcases a juicy acidity and silky tannins while delivering an incredible texture that resonates with finesse.