Björnson Pinot Noir 2021 (Willamette Valley, Oregon) - [JS 92] [WE 92]

Björnson Pinot Noir 2021
(Willamette Valley, Oregon) - [JS 92] [WE 92]

Regular price $35.00 Sale price $28.97 Save $6.03

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About Bjornson Vineyard

Björnson Vineyard is part of a scenic 107-acre farm, located in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley. We are committed to generating renewable energy, farming sustainably, and making wine with minimal handling, so that each bottle fully expresses our exceptional terroir. 100% Björnson Estate Pinot Noir.

About the Wine

The Grapes for this wine come from our 28-acre Björnson Estate vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The vineyard is situated on a primarily southwest aspect at an elevation ranging between 450’-550’ with predominantly rocky Nekia volcanic soils.

The 2021 Vintage

The 2021 Vintage was a welcome return to normalcy after a year of fire and pandemic. We were graced with a hardworking group of all-female harvest workers who learned quickly, worked tirelessly, and laughed deeply. The vintage went smoothly, everyone got along exceptionally well, and we made excellent wines together.

In the spring, our vineyard experienced a strong rain event through bloom, which reduced our overall yield to just under normal, eliminating the need to thin our crop. In early June we experienced a heatwave; however, our vines were strong and healthy so our fruit was not damaged. We saw some very clean fruit on the sorting line, and we put our new destemmer and roller-sorting machine to good work, giving us fermenters full of beautiful whole berries. Our red wines turned out quite soft and generous, and we expect them to drink well when they are young. This vintage gave us good minerality and focus in our whites; and expressive floral and fruit notes and classic cola and tea characters in our reds.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - James Suckling:
"Redcurrants, wild strawberries, savory herbs and citrus peel. Medium-bodied, sleek and juicy, with bright acidity and chalky texture. Tannins are firm and compact, giving it tension and length. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold." (3/16/23)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"This is an elegant Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir for such a reasonable price. The wine's blackberry aroma borders on tart, backed by notes of fennel and pine needles. Black cherry, lavender and black tea flavors fill the mouth, with a trace of brown sugar tagging along. Look for bright acidity, a slippery texture and plush tannins." - Michael Alberty (July 2023)

Jeb Dunnuck:
"Bottled under screwcap and pouring a medium ruby hue, the 2021 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is aromatic of cranberry compote, orange peel, and baking spice. Medium-bodied and refreshing, with an even, balanced feel and fine tannins, it’s an approachable and charming wine for youthful drinking." - Audrey Frick (September 2023)