Justice vineyard sits on a ridge known as Holmes Gap, rolling southeast at 550 feet in elevation. The Van Duzer winds rip through the gap as they funnel their way east. As a result of this uninhibited exposure, the fruit ripens slowly, developing rich and complex flavors while retaining its focused acidity. The Pinot noir block sits directly next to the Walter Scott Winery on an outcropping of rocky Nekia clay soils. The vines were planted in 2000 and impart the subtle intensity that you only get from established vines.
Our Justice Chardonnay boasts 21-year old vines, giving the wine a concentration of flavor and aromatics. This wine has a flinty kiss of reduction laced with aromas of fennel, wet gravel and Tahitian lime. The palate is elegant and textural with the mouthwatering acidity of a juicy tangerine and a salty, mineral finish.
2017 was a welcome change to the three previous warm, early vintages. A more typical wet Oregon winter and cooler spring resulted in bud break through late April and set in motion the Chardonnay harvest in September and Pinot Noir in October. This offered us for a more classic Oregon vintage.
As Spring progressed, April showers flowed into early May. The sunshine arrived mid-month and the rest of the Spring was stunning. Beautiful weather continued into June with just a spot of rain in the first week, followed by perfect weather for flowering, guaranteeing a bountiful crop. The rest of the season gave us a typical dry, warm Willamette Valley summer. August began with some predictable heat, but then cooled back down into the mid 80’s (PERFECT!). Then came September. As Lucy went back to school, the Willamette Valley cooled right down with a bit of rain, providing perfect slow ripening and ideal picking conditions.
We would not call it a ‘cool’ vintage, but it is definitely a Classic vintage. We feel very lucky to have relationships with our family of dedicated growers and their beautiful vineyards. They have provided us with incredible fruit with which we were able to make these lovely wines. The Chardonnays are delicate and refined with fresh acidity and tension. The Pinot noirs are intense and structured, with solid balance and freshness. We couldn't be more excited about this vintage.