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2017 Estate Vineyard, Bonshaw Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre

2017 Estate Vineyard, Bonshaw Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre
2017 Estate Vineyard, Bonshaw Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre

Site Characteristics:There are no other vineyards we work with that are as difficult to summarize in a neat package than our Estate Vineyard. There are 18 sections of Pinot Noir based on vine age and clone (as well a section of Sauvignon Blanc), elevation ranges from 250’ to 475’, Pinot Noir plantings were done in ten different vintages ranging from as early as 1984 to as recent as 2010. The vineyard is mostly Pommard but there is also 3 acres of Wadensvil, 3 acres of Dijon 114 and an acre of Dijon 777. Spacing varies from 5 x 6 to 5 x 8. Some blocks are inter-planted with every other row being of one age and every other a quite different age. Two blocks are inter-planted with two rows of the same age followed by one row of a different age. To add a greater level of confusion the vast majority of the site (the 25 acres at the higher elevation) is planted directly on top of the hill with a 360 degree aspect to the vineyard. Then there is the geology of the site which is an extremely sandy Marine Sedimentary soil sitting atop a large bed of sandstone sub-soil with a water table that is very deep and highly mineralized. This is a unique site to say the least.

Relatively early on into our time here we began to conclude that there were different natures not only to the separate blocks but a distinct stylistic difference between the two sets of plantings (vines planted between 1984-1990 and the vines planted between 1997-2001 along with the new 2010 planting). Since we dry farm here to encourage the downward growth of roots the older plants and the younger plants are at different root depth levels in the sub-soil and consequently have access to different levels and types of water, nutrients and minerals. The root system is what feeds the plants and ultimately the fruit on the vine and in this soft Marine soil this translates into very different flavor and texture profiles in the grapes. The Estate bottling consists of 13 separate sections of the vineyard that were planted in the 1997-2001 (and 2010) window. The Estate Old Vine bottling can come from the remaining 5 blocks although sometimes 1 or 2 of those blocks are bottled separately (which is the case here with the Bonshaw Block).

Wine Making and Notes:This has not been bottled in so long that it has never been bottled with the new style of label so it has always just said BONSHAW on the label rather than indicating that it is a specific section of the Estate Vineyard. Yes, this was last bottled in 2013, so this will be its debut in the white label. And the debut is pretty spectacular. Well, really spectacular actually. In fact, I don’t even know if Margaret will allow this to make the newsletter because she is fighting to not sell this wine at all except under very particular situations. She wants to keep it all herself, really.

The Bonshaw Block is on the south slope of our Estate hillside, around 1.5 acres. We only harvested approximately 1.4 tons from this section of 100% old vine Pommard Clone. Needless to say, this vintage nailed it. This bottling has intensity and power with dark fruit notes, all while maintaining the classic Pinot Noir sweetness displayed when the block is on its game. What has always made this bottling stand out is the combination of texture and structure. This wine has a full, round, opulent palate, but at the same time it brings in forceful tannins so there is context to all its dimensions.

Previous Vintage: “100 PTS: Patricia Green Cellars 2016 Estate Vineyard, Bonshaw Block Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge). This 100% Pommard clone wine from a 1990 planting is immensely deep, dark and textural, with complex aromas that instantly draw one in. Its compact berry, plum jam and baking spice scents come with underlying mineral and earth notes. It hits the palate with a powerfully woven matrix of lush flavors: blueberry, plum, cherry, chocolate, butterscotch and toasted coconut. It’s thick, supple and lingering—an ethereal and extraordinary wine.” Editors' Choice, Paul Gregutt

**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. THE WINE WILL BE BOTTLED AND READY TO SHIP OR PICK-UP IN THE FALL**

AVA: Ribbon RidgeLOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’     SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard     YEAR PLANTED:1990

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard, 1.0-acre block   

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars    

The Bonshaw Block is on the south slope of our Estate hillside, around 1.5 acres. We only harvested approximately 1.4 tons from this section of 100% old vine Pommard Clone. Needless to say, this vintage nailed it. This bottling has intensity and power with dark fruit notes, all while maintaining the classic Pinot Noir sweetness displayed when the block is on its game. What has always made this bottling stand out is the combination of texture and structure. This wine has a full, round, opulent palate, but at the same time it brings in forceful tannins so there is context to all its dimensions.

Vintage2017
VarietalPinot Noir
AppellationRibbon Ridge
VineyardEstate
Alcohol13.70%
Volume3 liter
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