Origin: United States
- 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 Willamee 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.
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