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2017 Etude Yamhela Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2017 Etude Yamhela Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2017 Etude Yamhela Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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$780.00
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Description

Description

The epitome of cool-climate viticulture, Oregon’s Willamette Valley is subject to variances of weather and best known for the equally finicky varietal: Pinot Noir. Home to two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards, Willamette Valley ranges 100 miles north to south following the Willamette River and spans 60 miles at its widest point. The region is protected from Pacific storms on the west by the Coast Range, and the Cascade Mountains on the east separate Willamette’s maritime climate from the dry heat of eastern Oregon.

Awards & Accolades

  • 96

    JamesSuckling.com

    “Wonderfully spread-out, fine tannins give the wine a plush and disciplined texture that fills the mouth. Beautiful, ripe fruit with berry and strawberry flavors. Sous bois, too. Long and gorgeous. So delicious now, but will develop nicely with bottle age. Drink after 2021.” - James Suckling, February 2020

  • 92

    Wine Advocate

    "Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2017 Pinot Noir Yamhela Vineyard features bold notions of cherry pie, raspberry preserves and cranberry sauce with touches of spice cake, garrigue and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate has great intensity with nice ripe red berry characters and fine-grained tannins, finishing long and spicy. 490 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 13th, 2020

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Notes

An elegant, refined expression of Oregon with polished tannins and riotous red fruits led by Bing cherries and red currants, joining with plums and black raspberry. Hints of black tea and dried herbs offset crisp acidity, finishing with a refreshing lift and a lingering, memorable finish.

Vintage

Ample rain and winter snow continued with a wet spring, a bit on the cool side. Bud break was relatively normal in mid-April, but a heat spike followed in May, pushing flowering even as a cool June followed. Intermittent heat spikes continued through July and August, but a cool September led to a relatively late harvest.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley AVA

Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley

Vineyard

The epitome of cool-climate viticulture, Oregon’s Willamette Valley is subject to variances of weather and best known for the equally finicky varietal: Pinot Noir. Home to two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards, Willamette Valley ranges 100 miles north to south following the Willamette River and spans 60 miles at its widest point. The region is protected from Pacific storms on the west by the Coast Range, and the Cascade Mountains on the east separate Willamette’s maritime climate from the dry heat of eastern Oregon.

In the northwest corner of Willamette Valley, low ridges create an AVA centered around the hamlets of Carlton and Yamhill in a distinct horseshoe shape. Home to some of Oregon’s most regarded Pinot Noir vineyards, the Yamhill-Carlton District is known for its course-grained marine sedimentary soils that are among the oldest in Willamette Valley. The appellation is situated on hillsides between 200 and 1,000 feet in elevation, and the Yamhela Vineyard, established in 2007, is located at a sweet spot with blocks from 220-630 feet above sea level. This specific site is low enough to allow for ideal ripening and receives more sunshine than the rest of the region, which is often under a rain shadow established by the looming Coast Range to the west. The specific soil combined with the location encourages early ripening of Pinot Noir, which is particularly important in this region. Etude sources from two blocks between 600-620 feet in elevation.

Winemaking

Crafted with the same minimal winemaking techniques as Etude’s celebrated Carneros Pinot Noirs, each regional wine purely reflects the unique essence and character of its regional vineyard and still maintains Etude’s hallmarks of aromatic intrigue, vibrancy of expression and depth in ageability.

Jon Priest - Winemaker

For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.

Winemaker Jon Priest

Alcohol % 14.2%
Enclosure Type Cork
Oak Treatment 100% French oak barrels (25% new) for 14 months
pH 3.68
Blend 100% Pinot Noir

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