2009 Bjornson Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sold Out)

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Blend : 100% Pinot Noir, Dijon Clone 777 and Pommard

Appellation: Willamette Valley Oregon, Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Bjornson Vineyard, Kristjan’s Block

Harvest Date(s): October 7, 2009

Brix at Harvest: 23.75

Cellar Treatment: Six day cold soak, racked to barrels after one-month fermentation.  Minimal handling; non-fined, non-filtered.

Aging: Aged for 11 months in French Oak barrels – 22% new, 78% once used.

Acidity: 3.4 pH and 6.1 TA

Production: 227 cases (12 x 750 mL)

Release Date: November 2010

Price: $25 / 750 mL (Discounts Apply for Case Purchases and Cellar Club Members)

Vintage Notes: The warm summer days of 2009 were tempered each evening by cool marine breezes flowing over the Eola-Amity Hills via the Van Duzer Corridor, a low-point in Oregon’s Coast Range.  The resulting fruit was extraordinarily complex and developed into a wine with fruit-forward aromas and flavors balanced with soft tannins and bright acidity.

Tasting Notes: This elegant, well-balanced wine opens with intense aromas of dark red fruit and lavender followed by rich flavors of black cherry and raspberry with a hint of nutmeg.  The fruit-forward flavors are complimented by soft tannins and acidity, giving the wine a full mouth feel and pleasant well-rounded finish.  This wine will cellar well and can be decanted one hour before serving.

Vineyard Notes: Kristjan’s block is planted with Pommard and Dijon-777 clones of Pinot Noir on a southwest slope (465-530′ elevation) of Jory and Nekia soil types.  Row spacing is 8 x 5, with 1089 plants per acre.

Vineyard Anecdote: Our vineyard blocks are named after our children.  We had intended to name our first planted block for our oldest child Kaitlyn.  In August of 2006, we were clearing the block for planting.  Mark tried to get Kaitlyn to help pick rocks.  In typical teenage fashion, Kaitlyn refused.  By the end of the day, the block was named for a more enthusiastic rock-picker.  There is still no vineyard block named for Kaitlyn, but there’s more land to plant and more rocks to pick.

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