2017 Pinot Noir Aeolian

2017 Pinot Noir Aeolian
2017 Pinot Noir Aeolian

2017 Pinot Noir ÆOLIAN

Named for the wind that defines our EolaAmity Hills AVA, the Aeolian Pinot Noir is our vehicle to explore the dynamic evolving landscape that we farm. The sense of place and specificity that we value most highly in our wines takes many years to evolve. With our oldest vines we allow each block to speak for itself in a separate bottling. The secondgeneration vines at Bethel Heights, on the other hand, are just beginning to find their voice. In these years in between, the Aeolian allows us the freedom to dream of what lies beyond the horizon.

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 it needed 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 through the final ripening phase. 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. “I feel that the 2017 wines have the best natural balance we have seen out of a warm vintage since 2012. In spite of the heat the wines have terrific acidity, relatively low alcohol, and the different parts of our Estate show their personalities without being muddled by vintage.” Ben Casteel

WINEMAKER NOTES: The goal of the Aeolian is always refinement. While certain parts of the estate lend themselves to more boisterous or rustic examples of Pinot noir depending on the vintage, for the Aeolian in each vintage we are trying to find the blend that best expresses our ideal of Bethel Heights purity, elegance, grace and balance. For complete fact sheet click here.

Alcohol13.30%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/08/2018
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