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Bethel Heights Vineyard

2019 ¡Salud! Cuvée Pinot Noir

Four 12-Bottle Cases  |  Sold By The Case  |  $800 Starting Bid

 Lot 1 & 2 Open Monday, November 9 at 8 am PST
Lot 1 Closes Wednesday, November 11 at 7 pm PST | Lot 2 Closes Wednesday, November 11 at 8 pm PST

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Vintage Notes: 

Overall, 2019 was cooler, damper and later than recent vintages, causing higher anxiety levels among growers and winemakers through the season.  But in spite of these challenges, 2019 had a happy ending. The crop was small, with small berries and lots of intensity.  The cool season also allowed us to outperform on “hangtime” (the time from bloom to harvest).  Instead of the normal 100 days, we were able to leave the fruit on the vines for 110 to 120 days without excess sugar accumulation, giving us enhanced intensity and complexity in balanced wines with moderate alcohols.  – Ben Casteel, winemaker

Vineyard:

Our 2019 vintage ¡Salud! Cuvée is a barrel selection from one of our winemaker’s favorite blocks of Pinot.  Known as “West 115,” it’s one of our second-generation blocks, planted in 1994.  It gives us some of the most gentle, graceful wines of the entire estate.   We like this block so much we grafted the adjacent block of Pinot Gris over to the same selection of Pinot Noir this Spring, hoping it will capture the same magic from the perfect slope that they share.  

Aging:

Barrel aged eleven months in French oak.  

Winemaking:

Fall 2020

Release Date:

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