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.