PDF 
Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir
Fullerton Wines
United States - Oregon - Willamette Valley

Bella Vida Vineyard is perched high in the heart of the Dundee Hills. This picturesque site provides elegant fruit from the storied Jory soils of the AVA. LIVE certified.
2016 had the earliest start to the growing season ever on record in the Willamette Valley thanks to a very mild winter and summer-like temperatures in April, May, and early June. The latter half of June brought a major cool-down, slowing ripening and extending hang-time. July through early August brought warm days and cool nights perfect for developing flavor, maintaining acidity, and slowly accumulating sugar in
the grapes. In the latter half of August, heat came back pushing the first grapes to ripeness followed by another cool down at the end of August and beginning of September. After some light rain, harvest picked up quickly in the second week of September and finished by the end of the month. Overall, 2016 provided vivid flavors, enticing aromatics, smooth tannins, and tremendous balance.

The wine opens with wild strawberry, raspberry, iron-laden minerality, and a touch of caramel. The palate follows with bright red fruits and ethereal voluptuousness, density and weightlessness. The finish yields undertones of fresh tilled soil and a lingering note of Earl Grey tea. A compelling and mesmerizing Pinot Noir from the Dundee Hills.

Specifications
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Pinot Noir - 40 years old
Vinification
Aged 25% new French oak, 50% second fill, 25% third fill

Reviews and News

2016 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2016 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Vivid red. Displays fresh red/dark berry and pungent floral aromas, along with suggestions of cola, mocha and five-spice powder. Appealingly sweet and energetic on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, cherry-cola, spicecake and rose pastille flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Fine-grained tannins frame the well-defined finish, which lingers with impressive, red fruit liqueur-driven persistence. (all de-stemmed fruit and 25% new French oak). - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (June 2019), 93 pts

 

2016 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 93 PTS - jS

2016 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 93 PTS - jS

james suckling hq logo plain"There are a wealth of spicy red cherries on offer here, leading to a very attractively juicy feel on the palate with vibrant, seamless and smoothly rendered texture. Impressively plush and round with handy tannins below. Drink now."

- James Suckling (November 2018), 93 pts

Go To Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir

 

2016 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 92 PTS - WE

2016 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"Once again the Bella Vida rings the bell as the best of a fine lineup of Pinots from Fullerton. Rich, ripe, powerful fruit flavors mix strawberry jam, black cherry syrup, coffee, cola and brown spices. It's not a wine you have to wait on; enjoy it now through the early 2020s. - PAUL GREGUTT"

- Wine Enthusiast (December 2018), 92 pts

Go To Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir

 

2015 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(25% new French oak) Lurid red. Sexy, spice-tinged dark berry and spicecake aromas show excellent clarity and complementary vanilla and candied rose nuances. Palate-staining black raspberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors sweeten up slowly in the midpalate and pick up a hint of five-spice powder. Finishes smooth, sappy and gently tannic, displaying strong persistence and resonating floral and vanilla notes. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (January 2018), 93 pts

Go To Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir

 

2015 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 92 PTS - WE

2015 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"This top tier effort captures all the most distinctive characteristics of good Oregon Pinot Noir. Black cherry fruit, a liberal dash of cola, a touch of sassafras and a dusting of baking spice combine in a burst of flavor. Delicious already, it will drink well for another half decade or longer."

- Wine Enthusiast (October 2017), 92 pts

Go To Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir

 

2015 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 92 PTS - IWR

2015 Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir - 92 PTS - IWR

international wine report logo"The 2015 Bella Vida Vineyard is a translucent colored Pinot Noir, which opens with aromatics of guava, red currant, sandalwood, red cherry syrup and orange rind flavors. The palate is plush and layered, showing ripe strawberry, guava purée, kumquat and loganberry with wild mushroom flavors. This is a deep and delicious wine that will cellar beautifully for a decade or more. (Best 2017-2027) - July, 2017 (OB)"

- International Wine Report (July 2017), 92 pts

Go To Fullerton Bella Vida Pinot Noir

 

Producer Information: Fullerton Wines

Great wine speaks profoundly, a universal language transcending any one culture. Hailing from northern Europe, the Fullerton family speaks many languages, and delights in sharing the language of wine with ...
Read More

Trade Resources