2017 PINOT NOIR
Bernau Block Selection
VINEYARD | ESTATE
BLOCK | BERNAU BLOCK
clones | 667, 777
APPELLATION | willamette valley
WINEMAKERs | Joe Ibrahim AND jim bernau
HARVEST DATEs | october 5–9, 2017
BOTTLING | february 1, 2019
ALCOHOL | 13.5%
PRODUCTION | 60 bottles / 5 cases
This wine is sourced exclusively from 15 acres of Pinot noir from the first plantings at the Estate Vineyard. Founder Jim Bernau planted these vines using a Christmas tree planter pulled behind his 33-horsepower tractor and hand-watered using 17 lengths of garden hoses. The Bernau Block, with its shallow Nekia soils, southern exposure and higher elevation, offers us small clusters of Pinot noir resulting in greatly concentrated, complex and balanced wines.
Established in 1983 by founder Jim Bernau, Willamette Valley Vineyards has gone from an idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers" from Wine Enthusiast. Jim’s vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to grow world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in over 17,000 owners. The winery has collaboratively grown its estate vineyards through partnerships like the merger with Oregon wine industry pioneer Bill Fuller of Tualatin Vineyards (est. 1973) and the O’Briens of Elton Vineyard (est. 1983). The winery sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot noir from its sustainably farmed estate vineyards.