2015 Pinot Noir Estate 375

2015 Pinot Noir Estate 375
2015 Pinot Noir Estate 375

BETHEL HEIGHTS ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2015

This wine blends fruit from all the different sections of our estate vineyard. It truly encompasses the entire breadth of expression at Bethel Heights from the youthful exuberance of our youngest vines planted in 2002 to the brooding, earthy complexity of our old own-rooted vines that have been knitting themselves into our landscape for forty years. Here in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA the climate is dominated by direct access to cool ocean winds, and our volcanic soils are characteristically shallow, rocky, and very well drained. In these conditions, Pinot noir can safely ripen on the vines long into September, without losing the bright acidity and fine-grain tannins that give great Pinot noir its structure and balance.

THE 2015 VINTAGE

2015 was characterized by early budbreak, early bloom, plenty of sunshine and a big heat spike in early August. A hot summer like this can push potential alcohols, forcing an early harvest that precludes hang time. But September brought mercifully cool temperatures and chilly evenings. Sugar accumulation was arrested and the vineyard was allowed to develop the integrated, intense, and focused flavors only afforded by generous hang time at cool temperatures. 

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