Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Willamette Valley
Winemaker Jon Priest

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.

Clones: Dijon 113, Pommard | Harvest Date: September 13, 2016


92 points - Vinous

“The 2016 Pinot Noir Yamhela Vineyard is laced with dark red cherry, plum, dark spice and menthol. Succulent and pliant in feel, the 2016 will drink nicely with minimal cellaring. There is certainly plenty to like.” - Antonio Galloni, December 2018

91 points - Wine Advocate

“Aged 14 months in 25% new French oak, the medium ruby-purple colored 2016 Pinot Noir Yamhela Vineyard offers up gregarious redcurrants, Bing cherries and red plums with hints of cassis, dried herbs and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers vibrant red berry layers with black fruit sparks and a grainy frame, finishing with a refreshing lift.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2018

Tasting Notes

This expression of Oregon Pinot Noir is one of our most memorable, with classic notes of raspberry and red cherry joined by cranberry and perfumed notes of herbal berry tea.  Well balanced, with crisp acidity and finely grained tannins, the wine finishes with a long, elegant finish.

Vineyard Notes

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.

Vintage Notes

The trend toward early harvests continued, and harvest was rapid, completed in record time. Bud break was early by one to two weeks, and warm weather continued through the spring and summer.  Lower yields brought small berry sizes with intense aromatics and concentrated flavors.  Tannins are more fine-grained, but with fruit, acidity and tannins all in great balance, this could be one of the most memorable vintages in recent Oregon history.

Winemaking Notes

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.