Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Selection Pinot Noir (Willamette Barrel Auction) 2018  Front Label
Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Selection Pinot Noir (Willamette Barrel Auction) 2018  Front Label

Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Selection Pinot Noir (Willamette Barrel Auction) 2018

    750ML / 14.2% ABV
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    750ML / 14.2% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    This wine is sourced exclusively from 15 acres of Pinot noir from the first plantings at the Estate Vineyard. Founder Jim Bernau planted these vines using a Christmas tree planter pulled behind his 33-horsepower tractor and hand-watered using 17 lengths of garden hoses. The Bernau Block, with its shallow Nekia soils, southern exposure and higher elevation, offers us small clusters of Pinot noir resulting in greatly concentrated, complex and balanced wines.

    Established in 1983 by founder Jim Bernau, Willamette Valley Vineyards has gone from an idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers" from Wine Enthusiast. Jim's vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to grow world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in over 17,000 owners. The winery has collaboratively grown its estate vineyards through partnerships like the merger with Oregon wine industry pioneer Bill Fuller of Tualatin Vineyards (est. 1973) and the O’Briens of Elton Vineyard (est. 1983). The winery sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot noir from its sustainably farmed estate vineyards.

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    A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards from a bold idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers," from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

    The “budwood” of Willamette Valley Vineyards began long before its founding in 1983 by vintner Jim Bernau. His Dad was hired by a California winemaker to secure the first winery license in Oregon since Prohibition. Jim’s Dad allowed him small tastes of Richard Sommer’s wine, lighting a path that led Jim from home winemaking to studies at UC Davis and eventually Beaune, France.

    In 1983, Jim cleared away an old pioneer plum orchard in the Salem Hills and hand-watered his first plantings using 17 lengths of 75’ garden hose.

    Jim's vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to build a winery that would produce world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in more than 16,000 owners. The winery's Common (WVVI) and Preferred (WVVIP) are traded on the NASDAQ. 

    The winery sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot Noir from its estate vineyards and practices environmentally sustainable farming. All of the vineyards have been certified sustainable through LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon-Safe programs since 1997.


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    Home of some of the planet’s most amazingly elegant and expressive Pinot noir, the Willamette Valley is a pastoral, mixed landscape of green, bucolic rolling hills, dramatic forestlands and small, independent, friendly wine growers. As a leader in environmental stewardship, the valley has some of the nation’s most protective land use policies, with two-thirds of its vineyards farmed sustainably and over half, organically. While the valley claims a cool, continental climate, and is heavily influenced by the cold, moist winds of the Pacific Ocean, its warm and dry summers allow for the steady, even ripening of Pinot noir.

    The potential of Willamette Valley Pinot noir continues to attract the investment of serious growers and winemakers both locally and from abroad, as naturally the finished wines bring accolades from professionals and enthusiasts. With a range of styles from delicate dried cherry, raspberry and hibiscus to stronger notes of truffle, mocha, plum and spice, a fine Willamette Valley Pinot noir is a perfect expression of both character and grace.

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