2017 Pinot Blanc

2017 Pinot Blanc
2017 Pinot Blanc

BRIEF HISTORY OF PINOT BLANC

Pinot blanc, like Pinot gris, is a genetic mutation of Pinot noir that has been cultivated throughout Northern Europe for centuries. Pinot blanc is planted widely in Alsace, as well as Germany (as Weissburgunder), and northern Italy (as Pinot bianco), and in smaller amounts in pockets of Burgundy and Eastern Europe.

Pinot blanc was first planted in Oregon in 1967, but there are still fewer than 200 acres in production here. Four acres were planted at Bethel Heights in 1992.

THE 2017 VINTAGE

2017 was our sixth very warm vintage in a row. Fortunately, we had quite a lot of rain in the winter and early spring; total rainfall for the year was almost 20 inches above normal. Going into the growing season with the soil well-charged with water gave the vineyard the resilience to withstand some heat extremes later in the summer. The summer overall was hot and dry, punctuated by a couple of significant hot spells in August and early September with consecutive days over 100 degrees, but September cooled down mercifully, with a few brief rain events that helped maintain freshness in the vineyard throughthefinalripeningphase. The fruit was able to ripen on the vines for a generous 110 days after bloom in most blocks, with harvest beginning on September 27 and ending on October 15. For complete fact sheet click here.

Alcohol13.30%
Volume750 ml
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