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Statera Cellars

EST Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2022 (750 ml)

EST Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2022 (750 ml)

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Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard: Leland

AVA: Willamette Valley AVA

Soil Type: Jory (Volcanic)

Elevation: 440 ft

Planted: 1982

Farming: Organically farmed by Meredith Bell

Harvest Date: 10/01/2021

Winemaking: Grapes were hand harvested and then fermented on the whole berries for 20 days. Cap management was intended to be gentle, with mostly twice daily punch downs. The wine was then aged in neutral French barriques for 10 months prior to bottling.

SO2: 30 ppm added

Cases produced: 102

I'm so excited to finally have some Pinot Noir back on the market, after the fires of 2020. The wine was fermented 33% whole cluster for 18 days with minimal cap management. The wine then aged in neutral french barriques for 16 months. The wine smells so true to Lealand Vineyard, like cranberry, cherry, and baking spices, with incredible acidity and fine tannins.

Statera Cellars is owned and operated by two friends, Meredith Bell and Luke Wylde. Their mission is to make delicious, honest Chardonnay from the most distinct vineyards in their region. They are the first winery in the Willamette Valley to exclusively make Chardonnay—they love the grape and want to showcase its potential and diversity in the Pacific Northwest. Their wines are made using natural and traditional winemaking practices, resulting in wines that are compelling and markedly alive. All of their fruit is sourced from vineyards with whom they have long-term contracts with, sometimes empowering these growers to transition to organics, while ensuring that all of the workers associated with their project are paid a living wage.

Meredith produces EST. She believes that wine is made in the vineyard, through meticulous and conscientious farming. All wines come from their four acre vineyard in Clackamas County, in the eastern Willamette Valley, co-farmed by Meredth. Pinot noir and Sauvignon blanc planted in 1982 on their own roots, grow in deep Jory soil. The low intervention winemaking allows the vineyard to speak through the wine. With nothing added, except for SO2, and nothing taken away, both time and place mark EST wines.

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