2016 Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard

2016 Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard
2016 Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard

VINIFICATION: Allthefruitwasdestemmedwithout crushing into three-ton and five-ton stainless steel fermenters. After a three-day cold soak, the must warmed naturally and was gently pumped over twice a day at the onset of fermentation. After the fermentations had reached peak temperature (82 F), the tanks were aerated once a day. The new wine was pressed at dryness, settled for one week, then racked to barrels for 16 months.

WINEMAKER NOTES: Aromas of blackberry, black currant and anise with hints of oak spice and almond butter. Full and expressive on the palate, featuring raspberry and blackberry flavors. This wine is powerful and rich, showcasing fully mature fruit and tannins without losing any of the acidity that has been a hallmark of Justice Vineyard from the beginning. This is an athletic, muscular wine that will require some cellaring to reach its full potential. 

 

THE 2016 VINTAGE

From start to finish 2016 was the earliest vintage we have ever seen in the Willamette Valley. At Bethel Heights we were almost a month ahead of “normal” at every turning point in the growing season with budbreak in early April, and veraison beginning in early August. Harvest started on August 27, the first time ever that we harvested fruit in August. Our last fruit was harvested on September 24, the first time we ever finished harvest before the end of September.

Surprisingly, the wines of 2016 are not the uniformly opulent offerings one would expect from a year defined by its precociousness. Ripeness came early, but not at the expense of purity and elegance. For complete fact sheet click here.

Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml
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