2016 PINOT NOIR
Bernau Block Selection
VINEYARD | ESTATE
clones | 667, 777, Pommard
APPELLATION | willamette valley
WINEMAKER | Joe Ibrahim
HARVEST DATE | SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
BOTTLING | january 25, 2018
ALCOHOL | 14.1%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
A barrel selection from the Bernau Block, the first fifteen acres planted by founder Jim Bernau in 1983. The block features shallow Nekia and Jory iron-rich soils and a southern exposure. The clonal selection is Dijon 667, 777 and Pommard and the wine was aged for 16 months in French oak (30% new).
Established in 1983 by winegrower and Oregon native 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 magazine. Jim’s vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to grow world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in over 10,000 owners. The winery has collaboratively grown its estate vineyards through partnerships like the merger with Oregon wine industry pioneer Bill Fuller of Tualatin Vineyards (established in 1973), the O’Briens for Elton Vineyard (established in 1983) and Loeza Vineyard (planted in 2015). The winery sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot noir from its estate-grown vineyards and sustainably farms nearly 500 acres in the Willamette Valley.