2017 Pinot Noir Hope Well Vineyard

2017 Pinot Noir Hope Well Vineyard
2017 Pinot Noir Hope Well Vineyard

Hope Well 2017 Pinot Noir

TASTING NOTES

Every year we work to pour as much redundancy into every physical and biological layer of our vineyard ecosystem as we possibly can.  That hard work is transforming what was already a special place into a canvas that paradoxically grows more effervescent and resilient with age. I am taken aback every day by the life that thrums, insistently, vibrating on every frequency, that grows and grows. The vineyard soaks it up like a sponge and pays us back in spades. When we picked the fruit for the 2017 Hope Well wines, smelling and tasting the grapes during processing, and every time I tasted the wines in the cellar, I heard the voice of the vineyard and I resolved to keep doing more.  ~ Mimi Casteel

PRODUCTION NOTES

The Pinot noir was harvested cold and allowed to push a cap before getting one homogenizing pumpover as primary fermentation began. In a year that was hot and dry there was a threat of heaviness, so the wine saw minimal cap management, gentle press downs or pumpovers as the fermentation temperature peaked, and was pressed when dry. No commercial yeasts or bacteria were used.

2017 VINTAGE

Oregon saw even higher maximum temperatures and lower rainfall in 2017 than in 2016.  2017 was also a year of devastating wildfires in Oregon, the resulting smoke blanketing the Willamette Valley for days at a time during the hottest weather. Ironically, that smoke created an impermeable layer that actually protected the grapes from what might have been terrible sunburn and came at a time when the berries were not susceptible to smoke taint. 

It is now old hat to say ‘another hot, dry season,’ and it might sound like a way of getting in front of high alcohols and low acidity. Not so. The 2017 wines are fresh, nimble and reveal all the layers of Hope Well, the place, as it matures in voice and substance. For complete fact sheet click here.

Alcohol12.50%
Volume750 ml
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