J. Christopher 2018 Pinot Noir, Bieze Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills
Item Number: 15301
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Eola-Amity Hills
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Bieze Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Soil Type: Volcanic clay
Case Production: 121
Terroir Notes: The Bieze Vineyard sits high up in the Eola Hills, where it benefits from cool evening breezes that flow in from the west through the Van Duzer Corridor, a break in the coastal range. This allows for longer hang time and greater aromatic development, as the grapes ripen more slowly while retaining superb acidity. The Pommard clone of Pinot is grown here in soils formed from layers of volcanic basalt. The 2018 has a full, focused aroma of dark fruit and savory herbs, a captivating grip on the palate, and a fine, juicy finish.
Vintage Notes: 2018 was a warm and dry year. But it was not as hot as the previous two years, and there were no extreme temperature spikes. This made for a balanced growing season with much less heat stress. As in 2017, cooler weather and a bit of cleansing rain came in September, which helped slow down the ripening, while retaining freshening acidity. The wines are characterized by fruit that is rich and dense, but not overripe, supported by juicy acidity and a fine, ripe tannins.
Winemaking Notes: 100% destemmed; native yeast fermentation; unforced malolactic; 18 months in barriques (25% new); no fining or filtration
94pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 8/2020
"An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and blue fruits, pungent flowers and succulent herbs, and a spicy nuance builds as the wine opens up. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering appealingly sweet boysenberry, raspberry and lavender pastille flavors that show superb clarity and back-end thrust. Concentrated yet energetic in style, showing fine definition and minerally cut on a very long finish that features harmonious tannins and repeating florality."