2018 Bishop Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
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.
94 POINTS DECANTER "Jean-Nicolas Meo and his Oregon winemaker Tracy Kendall have produced a winning result in 2018, with ripe red and black cherry aromas, a hint of spice, and a texture that is lovely, rich, and dense but not heavy. This wine shows well now but will certainly age for at least a decade."
94 POINTS JAMES SUCKLING "Complex aromas of cherry stones, blueberries, wild plums, lemon zest, wet earth and spices. It's medium-bodied with tight-grained tannins. Tight and refined. Better in a year or two. Unfiltered. Drink from 2022."
WINEMAKING TASTING NOTES Our Yamhill-Carlton estate consistently produces fruit of unparalleled power and intensity, and this 2018 vintage does not disappoint. Black cap blackberry, roasted meat, toasted nut and blueberry fruit on the nose. Broad and powerful up front as tannins generate to expose chalky-sweet, dark berry fruits with snaps of refreshing citrus, tobacco leaf and limestone flashes. Impressive balance between strength and focused intensity is sure to impress Pinot Noir loyalists
- Farming: Organic, Bio-Dynamic, LIVE
- Harvested: September 18th
- Harvest Brix: 22.4
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- TA: 5.3g/L
- pH: 3.63
- Fermentation: Native Yeast
- Fining/filtration: None
- Cooperage: 50% new French oak
- Date bottled: June 16, 2020
- Cases made: 290
- Winemakers: Jean-Nicolas Méo, Tracy Kendall