Violin Justice Vineyard Pinot noir 2021
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Us: Will has a magic touch with Justice Vineyard, yielding a creamy-textured yet vibrantly pulsing masterpiece. Huckleberries and violets, a mouthwatering guava burst, soft shades of Eola-Amity Hills spice and earth. As we tasted, Will and I noted its caressing creaminess; that beautiful feel went the distance as I tasted Justice over a five day stretch. -Marcus
Winemaker Will Hamilton: The last two years I’ve split the “DDW” block with owner/ winemaker Ben Casteel of Bethel Heights, so am only able to fill four barrels, my two favorite making this cuvée of only 590 bottles. Planted in 2000 just below what is now Walter Scott Winery, the western position provides some shade and protection when most of the site stays more exposed. Normally I expect more structure in Justice, but the ’21 has a notable creaminess and balance of elements that gives it an appealing silkiness. Still darker toned and purply with bursting aromatics, but a robust earthiness brings a welcomed restraint and complexity to the profile. Assembled from barrels in mid December to rest in tank before bottling on January 23rd, 2023. 45 cases made, 13.4% alcohol.
2019 vintage notes
A purity and intensity of aromatics ushers you to a first sip of this magically-textured masterpiece. Creamy and mouth-coating are exactly right yet it floats gracefully and moves harmoniously from bright beginning to exceptionally lengthy finish. -Marcus
High-toned aromatic power, dusty red cherry, turned earth, sage, flower petal and warm spices in the nose. Juicy and bright entry fills immediately to mouth-coating, supple tannins—the creamiest we have found in a Justice bottling. The finish is crisp and pure, the spiced fruits carrying the wine beautifully against perfectly balanced acidity.
Violin's Will Hamilton spent several years with Justice Vineyard as his daily winemaking view; he made his wines at Walter Scott until the 2017 vintage.
Justice Vineyard was planted by the Casteel Family of Bethel Heights Vineyard between 1999 and 2001, after more than 20 years of farming their adjacent vines using organic and certified sustainable methods. Under the direction of Ted Casteel and their long time team, Justice is managed to the highest standard, and by its nature has proven to be a low yielding vineyard for Pinot Noir. The wines have a distinctive structural tone, a sort of bold intensity that sets them apart.