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2017 Pinot Noir West Block

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2017 Pinot Noir West Block
2017 Pinot Noir West Block

The West Block at Bethel Heights is a five- acre section planted in 1977 to own-rooted Pinot noir of the heritage Wädenswil selection. These are the oldest Pinot noir vines at Bethel Heights, and some of the last remaining own-rooted Pinot noir vines in the Willamette Valley.


VINIFICATION: In 2017 we took the unusual step of including 20% whole clusters in the fermentation to offset the especially pronounced acidity resulting from the cool-down in September. The must was cold soaked for 3 days prior to the onset of fermentation. We allowed our fermentations to climb to a peak temperature of 88 F and pumped the must over twice per day from start to finish, with sporadic punch downs at the end the account for the whole clusters. The new wine was pressed at dryness and settled for 7 days prior to racking to barrel.

WINEMAKER NOTESOur forty-year-old Wädenswil vines are massive by current standards, standing three feet of gnarled and twisted wood, yet they continue to produce the most graceful, poised wines in our portfolio, their structure defined more by acidity than tannin. For a complete fact sheet click here.

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