Vintage: While it was a warmer than average vintage, temperatures stayed in the low- to mid-’90s with few heat spikes, making for a balanced year with less widespread heat stress like in years’ prior, especially 2017. Low rainfall during late September and into October allowed us to easily manage harvest, picking grapes when we wanted to, instead of dodging rain or having to pull fruit early. When moderately warm days occur along with cool nights, vines can rest in the evening and concentrate efforts on developing more fruit complexity and flavors; ideal conditions like this occurred throughout Oregon in 2018.While there was low bird pressure, there were enormous amounts of yellow jackets, which points to a mild winter with temperatures not cold enough to keep the insect populations down. Harvest was slow and steady, resulting in ideal fruit composition with sugar levels, acidity, and pH all close to average.
Vineyards: The 2018 Klee Pinot Noir represents 14 family-owned vineyards located in the North Willamette Valley, with about 40% located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and coming from soil of mostly the sedimentary and alluvial kind.
Production: The 2016 Klee Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was produced using native fermentation — both primary and secondary. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (10% new; 90% neutral) for 10 months.
Pairing: Chris suggests paring this wine with fatty salmon, roasted duck or barbecue ribs, but, he says, it could pair with practically any dish, as this is the ultimate food wine.
In homage to one of winemaker/owner Chris Berg’s favorite artists, Klee is named for the famous Baus Haus artist Paul Klee. The artwork on the label is an adaptation of a Klee painting called Solution “ee”. of the Birthday Assignment, 1924.