2019 Amity Vineyards Bass Hill Pinot Noir

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Pomegranate, Cocoa Nibs, Dried Rose Petals

BASS HILL VINEYARD

Bass Hill sits at roughly 600ft elevation just outside of the Van Duzer Corridor in the McMinnville sub-AVA of the Willamette Valley. This eight-acre vineyard’s position is on a south-facing slope in ancient marine sediment soils which creates the right conditions for the growth of world-class Pinot Noir. The 115, Pommard, and Wadenswil clones of Pinot Noir each offer their own unique contributions to the blend. Dry-farmed and own-rooted, these grapes truly provide a sense of place. With naturally low-yields and small berries we are able to craft wines that have powerful tannins and concentration along with a brilliant backbone of acidity creating focus and tension. A truly special spot and one of our favorite vineyards that we farm. We take a hands-off approach to make these wines and do not fine or filter them in order to allow full expression of the site. Each year we select a handful of our favorite barrels from Bass Hill to produce a vineyard designate wine that represents the best of the vintage.

The mild temperatures of the 2019 growing season allowed for the Bass Hill Vineyard fruit to hang longer than usual, and eventually it was the oncoming October rainstorms that forced our hand to harvest on October 1st.  With the exceptionally long hang-time, relatively mild growing season, and predictably cool nights, the wine produced from this vineyard is particularly concentrated, generous, and possesses mouthwatering acidity. We selected a blend of two barrels for this wine: one from a block planted to the Wadenswil clone and the other from a block of Pommard. The wine reveals notes of pomegranate, cocoa nibs, and dried rose petals.

Vineyard Sources: 100% Bass Hill

Cellar Treatment: 100% French Oak for 13 months

Alcohol Content: 13% 

Residual Sugar: Dry

PH: 3.25

TA 9.5 g/L

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Why choose us?

A Storied Vineyard

What makes Amity so unique are the nearly 50-year-old own-rooted vines. They’ve had decades to work through the thin topsoil to dig deep into the ground and access these ancient nutrient-deprived soils. The combination of the vine's age, the absence of artificial inputs, and dry farming practices mean they are naturally low yielding. When vines have a lower crop load they can devote more resources to the grapes which leads to a better concentration of flavor.