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2017 Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills
Vineyard Designation
Justice Vineyard
Harvest Date
6 to 10 years
French oak barrels
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
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2017 Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard

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Wine Profile
94 pts - / 93 pts - Vinous Feb 2022 - Josh Raynolds: "Limpid ruby-red. Spice- and earth-tinged red berries, cherry pit and candied rose aromas reveal complementary suggestions of baking spices and a smoky element. Vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are underscored and energized by a core of juicy acidity and turn sweeter with aeration. In an energetic style, delivering firm closing thrust and smooth, even tannins that frame an impressively long, penetrating finish. The 2017 is the last vintage for this vineyard in the St. Innocent lineup."
Vineyard Notes
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.
Production Notes
The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in 4-8 ton stainless steel and Burgundy oak fermenters with no SO2 allowing the fermentation to proceed naturally. After gently pressing and settling the wine aged in French oak barrels, 21% which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity without fining.
Winemaker Notes
Vintage Notes: 2017, after three very warm and early harvests, brought a welcome change with cooler temperatures during the summer and a normal harvest window. We began picking on September 15th for sparkling wine. After a week with temperatures in the 70’s, we harvested Chardonnay between 9/22 and 9/29. All of the Pinot noir was picked in a two-week window beginning on 9/26 with continued pleasant temperatures and no rain. The wines have more aromatic and flavor nuances with balanced acidity and moderate alcohols.
Food Pairing Notes
Dishes with complex preparations like risotto or veal.
Other Notes
Release Date: Aug 2021; Production 340 cases