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2017 Pinot Noir Southeast Block

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2017 Pinot Noir Southeast Block
2017 Pinot Noir Southeast Block

The Southeast Block is a six-acre section of own- rooted Pommard clone vines planted in 1979 on a south-facing slope between 420 and 520 feet elevation. The red clay soil is volcanic in origin, three feet deep and well drained.

The Southeast Block sits just below the Flat Block, but despite their proximity in both age and location, the Southeast Block expresses the darker and more savory side of Bethel Heights, showcasing more structure and sinewy muscle under a dense core of black fruits.


VINIFICATIONThe fruit was completely destemmed and settled at ambient temperature (60 F) for 4 days priortotheonsetoffermentation. Duetotheheatof the growing season, we elected to keep our ensuing fermentations relatively quick and our extraction minimal to preserve freshness and vibrancy. Then new wine was pressed at dryness and settled for 72 hours prior to racking to barrel.

WINEMAKER NOTESThe Southeast Block has always been defined by mutability; from the grace and purity that defined the 90s to the power and structure that became the norm in the 00s, it has resisted clear definition. The 2017 is as lissome and graceful a version of this block as I can recall. Its delicate red fruits are framed by integrated acidity and a thin veil of gossamer tannin that carries the wine to a long, balancedfinish. Icansaywithouthyperbolethatof all the bottlings in which I have had the pleasure to play a part, the 2017 Southeast Block is my favorite. For a complete fact sheet click here.

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