Our Wines

2015 Pinot noir Justice Vineyard


Located just over the ridge of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Justice Vineyard benefits from the cooling influence of coastal winds blowing through the Van Duzer corridor. The vineyard was planted in 2001 on shallow basalt at an average elevation of 450'. Our grapes come from the upper corner of the vineyard on a SE exposure.

The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in a small Burgundy oak fermenter with no SO2 allowing the fermentation to proceed naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 28% of which were new, for 16 months and was bottled by gravity without fining.

Crop Level: 1.9 tons/ acre
Harvest: 9/24/2015
Bottled: February 2017

Vineyard Details

Justice Vineyard is located just over the east ridge of the Eola-Amity Hills just south of Bethel Heights Winery. Planted in 2001 at 500' in elevation on a southeast slope of thin volcanic soil, the vineyard faces the Cascade Mountains. These grapes come from a 2.33 acre block in the NW corner of the vineyard that is LIVE certified (Sustainable). It is a state-of-the-art, vertical canopy, high density planting of Pinot noir clone 777 and is farmed by one of Oregon's best grapegrowers, Ted Casteel. Our first vintage was 2004.

Great vineyard locations produce wines that transcend the difficulties of a vintage. By this definition, Justice is a great vineyard. The wines from this vineyard have a breadth of texture and flavor layers that indicate very great potential for this site as the vines achieve maturity.

Vintage Description

The summer of 2015 started off with intense heat that faded off into a very warm and sunny season. Harvest began early with us first picking fruit on September 2 in cooler conditions. Yields were about 15% higher than normal and fruit was as perfect as I have seen. We continued to harvest throughout September and finished by the end of the month. The balance of flavor, tannin, acid, and sugar were as perfect as I have seen in 29 years. I am excited to see how the wines develop.

Tasting Notes

Immediately engaging, the 2015 Pinot noir Justice Vineyard is vibrant with purple fruits, heady ground spices, and a lushness the belies its finesse. Beautiful allspice, red berry, and dense dark dried fruit flavors carry across your palate. Broad tannins and a soft, juicy acidity carry the spice notes into a very balanced and layered finish. Typically, Justice is especially impressive at seven years of age, I expect the 2015 to be stunning well past a decade.

Mark Vlossak,Winemaker