Justice Vineyard is located just over the east ridge of the Eola-Amity Hills just south of Bethel Heights Winery. Planted in 2001 at 500' in elevation on a southeast slope of thin volcanic soil, the vineyard faces the Cascade Mountains. These grapes come from a 2.33 acre block in the NW corner of the vineyard that is LIVE certified (Sustainable). It is a state-of-the-art, vertical canopy, high density planting of Pinot noir clone 777 and is farmed by one of Oregon's best grapegrowers, Ted Casteel. Our first vintage was 2004.
Vintage Notes: The 2010 vintage was Oregon's coldest growing season in 30 years. Bloom was later than normal and occurred in cloudy and cool weather. The flowers do not fertilize well in these conditions and this limited the crop and reduced the vineyard yields. The summer was sunny, but not hot and the temperatures rarely exceeded 95 degrees. By mid-September the summer heat disappeared and temperatures from that point on did not exceed 70 degrees. Most of October was sunny and quite cool. The sun allowed the skins and flavors to ripen while the cool temperatures kept the Brix (sugar) levels low and retained lovely acidity in the wines.