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. He grafted the French clones 667 and 777 on a portion of the vines when they became available.
The 2016 vintage resulted in perfectly ripe fruit with intense color and opulent flavors. Deep garnet colored in the glass, the wine opens with a complex nose of marionberry, blackberry, plum, dried herbs, and baking spice notes. Showcasing concentration and elegance, the flavors brighten on the full-bodied palate with red and black fruit framed by minerality and cigar box. The well-structured, polished tannins and balancing acidity suggest this wine will further reward those with patience.
Food Pairings: The Bernau Block is not just for casual sipping, this wine can stand up to rich gastronomic dishes. Enjoy with grilled Oregon lamb chops, cedar plank salmon, filet mignon, mushroom risotto, dishes featuring native Oregon truffles and charcuterie.
Peak Drinkability: 2019 - 2028.
93 points - James Suckling
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