The Vintage 31 is a selection of the 3 best barrels in the cellar from a great vintage. Smoke, sandalwood, exotic spices, floral notes, and assorted black fruits set the stage for a dense, rich, layered, structured Pinot that demands at least 3 - 4 years of additional cellaring. It reflects the quality of the vintage in a big way.
This rare wine celebrates the 31st harvest at Adelsheim Vineyard. It is made from the four most exceptional barrels in our caves and represents the pinnacle of Willamette Valley viticulture and winemaking in 2008.Grapes for this wine were sourced from our Bryan Creek Vineyard (60%) and Calkins Lane Vineyard (35%) in the Chehalem Mountains and the Winderlea Vineyard in the Dundee Hills (5%).The 2008 growing season began slowly with a cooler than normal spring for the months of March and April. Buds began to open around April 26th, giving the growing season a bit of a delayed start. Temperatures picked up considerably in May and the vines accelerated shoot growth, but bloom was still slightly later than normal. The favorable conditions surrounding bloom near the end of June continued well into August. Veraison became apparent in mid-August, followed by gorgeous ripening conditions in September. Hand-picking began the last week of September and continued into mid-October, allowing the fruit to fully ripen and bask in what could be called a textbook Indian summer for Oregon. The grapesfor this wine were harvested on September 29, October 1 and 16.Production of this Vintage 31 Pinot noir followed Adelsheim Vineyard’s traditional winemaking approach: gentle destemming, cold soak for greater flavor andcolor extraction, and fermentation in temperature-controlled, open-top fermenters. The wine underwent secondary, malolactic fermentation in small, medium-toast French oak barrels (33% new) and was aged for 11 months.