Having tightly clustered dark purple bunches of grapes with bright fruit aromas and thin skins, this grape can be both challenging and rewarding for winemakers.
Oregon is ideal for this cool-climate varietal, although late season rain can open the vines to harvest problems. Our cool climate promotes wine with good acidity, soft tannins, complexity, depth, and elegance. Pinot Noir made from Bieze fruit faithfully expresses the minerality of the site.
Perhaps the potential problems and finicky nature is what rewards the careful farmer and winemaker. At Bieze Vineyard, we try to exemplify the spirit and passion of small producers in our focus on highest quality Pinot Noir fruit sold to select winemakers.
The flavors of Chardonnay wine are influenced by terroir and winemaking style, such as using stainless steel or oak, or choosing the percentage of new and neutral oak, and other stylistic decisions.
Bieze Chardonnay plantings are the 76 and 95 clones, lower-yielding clones that produce more flavor concentrated clusters. The vines are densely planted, forcing them to compete for resources and to focus energy into grape cluster flavor development and increased acidity. Chardonnay wines made from Bieze fruit tend to be bright and fresh, with noticeable acidity and flavors of stone fruit.
One of our winemaker clients' 2013 Chardonnay containing Bieze fruit scored 94 points in Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay vines are often mistaken for each other and, like Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc is used in both still and sparkling wines.
Pinot Blanc produces wine with good acidity; its wine characteristics depend on the winemaker's style. However, Pinot Blanc tends to be higher in acidity than Chardonnay.
Pinot Blanc's high natural acidity makes it a popular choice in the production of sparkling wine. In fact, we planted Pinot Blanc at the request of one of our winemaker clients, specifically for his sparkling wine production.
Fruit from Bieze Pinot Blanc produces wine that is bright, accompanied by a focused acidity, a savory complex palate, and a lengthy finish.
LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture & Enology) aims to preserve human and natural resources in the wine industry of the Pacific Northwest. This is accomplished through adherence to internationally accredited standards. Vineyard certification is through third-party inspections.
Salmon Safe partners with LIVE and is dedicated to restoring and maintaining healthy watersheds. Salmon Safe certification is included with LIVE vineyard certification.
Salmon Safe certification links land management practices with the protection of agricultural and urban watersheds.
Our pasture is covered in grass. Here our cattle eat the pasture grasses and return fertilizer to the ground. When one section of the pasture is eaten down, we move the cattle to the next section of the pasture, only to return them when the first section of the pasture regrows.
Our vineyard rows are cover cropped with annual and perennial grasses and peas. The ground is held in place to counter erosion, and the green matter is turned under in the spring to rebuild the soil. The rows that are not turned under provide habitat for beneficial insects.