2018 Bednarik Vineyard - Pinot noir

2018 Bednarik Vineyard - Pinot noir


tasting notes lifted whole cluster aromas, red fruits, warm spice and floral notes—electric texture and energetic structure—fresh and youthful


ava: Willamette Valley

elevation and aspect: 375-400 feet, south-facing moderate slope

soil: Marine Sediments

vine age and clonal selection: planted 1988, self-rooted Pommard

farming: Dry-Farmed, Organic management

harvest: October 2, 2018

whole cluster: 35%

elevage: 18 months in 228L, 8% new oak

bottled: April 15, 2020

cases produced: 275


the Terroir Bednarik vineyard is situated in the far northern Willamette Valley, tucked into Oregon's Coast Range near the little village of Cherry Grove. Nights are cool here and the mature (1988) self-rooted vines (Pommard clone) are patient to ripen. The shallow, well-drained marine sedimentary soil provides the vines a balanced stress, resulting in naturally-restrained yields, limited canopy growth and lots of air-flow and sun exposure. That results in sun-kissed grape skins and stems and well-developed phenology, and allows for the use of more whole clusters in the fermentation, leading to Pinot noir with delightfully lifted aromatics and a distinctive texture in its youth, which becomes increasing silky and sweet over time as the tannin structure melts. 2018 was only our second vintage at Bednarik, but we have quickly recognized that we are extremely lucky to claim two of the six total ac