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2018 Estate Pinot Noir

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2018 Estate Pinot Noir
2018 Estate Pinot Noir

The 2018 Estate Pinot Noir is "generous and sleekly layered with light-footed cherry and raspberry flavors that are laced with orange blossom and toasty spice notes.  Drink now through 2027." 

Awarded 91 Points, Wine Spectator

Production notes

The fruit was gently de-stemmed, cold soaked for four days, then gradually allowed to warm up prior to fermentation. The fruit was pumped over once a day at the onset of fermentation and then punched down once per day until dryness. It was then settled for 2-3 days prior to being racked to a variety of French oak barrels for ageing.

Other notes

2018 was the seventh in a string of warm vintages at Bjornson. It was defined by a very dry summer, which made for small clusters and a relatively small crop. July was hot, leading to the first signs of veraison in early August, but our reliable evening maritime winds kept night-time temperatures cool throughout July and August, preserving acidity in the fruit as it ripened. September finally brought a couple of welcome rain events that refreshed the vines and kept them active through the final ripening period. 

VarietalPinot Noir
Varietal Composition100 % Pinot Noir
AppellationEola-Amity Hills
VineyardBjornson Vineyard
Aging11 months in French oak
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced275
Country of OriginUNITED STATES

Awarded 90 Points by James Suckling

The 2018 Estate Pinot Noir "has a fresh, vibrant nose with intense black currants and bluberries on offer.  The palate has juicy, tart and tangy fresh fruit, set in light, easy tannins.  Plenty of upbeat flavor here.  Drink now."

Bjornson Vineyard is part of a scenic 107-acre farm, located in the Heart of Oregon's Eola-Amity Hills.  The vineyard is situated on volcanic soils and planted with 28 acres of wine grapes.  We are committed to generating renewable energy, farming sustainably, and making wine with minimal handling, so that each bottle fully expresses our exceptional terroir.

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