2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | Coelho
CLONE | POMMARD
APPELLATION | Van Duzer Corridor
WINEMAKER | Chris Bertsche
HARVEST DATE | october 7, 2017
BOTTLING | MARCH 15, 2019
ALCOHOL | 13.7%
PRODUCTION | 60 BOTTLES / 5 cases
Our five-case lot of “Benign Neglect” is a 100% Pommard Clone Pinot noir from our Coelho Vineyard in the newly approved Van Duzer Corridor AVA. When reviewing barrels for our 2017 blends, we found one that we forgot (don't ask how or why!) and that was never topped, stirred or otherwise touched. When we tasted it, we found something magical. Unfined, unfiltered and largely untouched, this gorgeous wine offers the Pinot funk that Pinot-heads adore followed by dark cherry with notes of chocolate and coffee. The palate is framed by refreshing acidity and chalky tannins, ensuring a long life in the cellar.
Now in our 15th vintage, Coelho Winery has grown to farm vineyards in three Willamette Valley nested AVAs, bottling single-vineyard Pinot noir from each. Raising our own fruit, we control every step in the process from pruning to bottle. In addition to crafting Pinot noir that honors the terroir of our three vineyards with three diverse soil types, we also farm crisp Oregon-style Pinot gris and exciting, nervy Chardonnay. Honoring the Portuguese heritage of owners Dave and Deolinda Coelho, we also produce a red blend of six Portuguese varieties and a full range of Port-style dessert wines, including 10- and 15-year old tawnies.