2016 Pinot Noir West Block

2016 Pinot Noir West Block
2016 Pinot Noir West Block

BETHEL HEIGHTS WEST BLOCK

The West Block at Bethel Heights is a five- acre section planted in 1977 to own-rooted Pinot noir of the heritage Wädenswil selection. These are the oldest Pinot noir vines at Bethel Heights.. The vines themselves are massive by current standards, standing three feet of gnarled and twisted wood, yet they continue to produce the most graceful, poised wines in our portfolio, their structure defined more by acidity than tannin.

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 season. Veraison began in early August due to hot August temperatures, and harvest started on August 27, the first time we ever 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 precocity. Ripeness came early, but not at the expense of purity and elegance. For complete fact sheet click here.

Alcohol13.00%
Volume750 ml
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