2015 Bishop Creek Pinot Noir
92 POINTS - A dramatic wine with pretty notes of cherry and pot pourri, framed by notes of spice and cocoa powder from high-quality new oak: rich, supple and lavishly expansive on the full-bodied palate.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES
The 2015 Bishop Creek is generous but firm, with spicy notes playing against a roasted, earth-driven depth. Dark fruit flavors of blackberry, black cherry and plum complement the dark and roasted savory qualities of the wine--a touch of savory notes, cigar and smokiness. Despite the richness, Bishop Creek has impressive tension, finishing with lovely texture and focus. This wine is integrated and complex, showing consistent balance and lushness, promising to be very age-worthy. Drink now or age for 20+ years.
Located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, the site features 13.5 planted acres, with 11 of those acres being four different clones of pinot noir. The majority of the pinot noir vines at Bishop Creek were planted in 1988 and 1990, and are own-rooted. Adding to the site’s diversity, the elevations range from 270 to 600 feet, with predominantly North-South plantings. In keeping with their belief in stewardship and promoting a healthy vineyard environment, Bishop Creek has been farmed 100% organically since being acquired by Jean-Nicolas and Jay in 2014.
- Harvested: September 10, 2015
- Harvest Brix: 23.2
- Alcohol: 13%
- TA: 5.7g/L
- pH: 3.61
- 50% new French oak
- 50% neutral oak
- Date bottled: December 2016
- Cases made: 85
- Date released: September 2017
- Winemakers: Jean-Nicolas Méo and Tracy Kendall