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2018 Magnus Pinot Noir

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2018 Magnus Pinot Noir
2018 Magnus Pinot Noir

Only produced during the best vintages, Magnus is a rare bottling that includes the most opulent barrels from 2018.  Underscored by old-growth forest earthiness and the sweet char of French oak, this wine shows a brazen mélangé of dark-skinned Cascadian wild berries, brown baking spices and cedar; framed by well-tempered tannins.

This barrel selection honors Mark's  grandfather Magnus, a loving husband, respected businessman, and fair-minded civic and political leader.      

Awarded 93 points by James Suckling                                                

Magnus Fridbjörn Björnson
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% estate-grown Pinot Noir.
AppellationEola-Amity Hills
Residual Sugar0
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced200
Country of OriginUNITED STATES

Bjornson Vineyard is part of a scenic 107-acre farm, located in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley.  The vineyard is situated on a primarily southwest aspect ranging from 450' - 550' elevation with 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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