Adelsheim ‘Bryan Creek’ Pinot Noir 2013



In 1988, Adelsheim approached their neighbours Joy and Jess Howell about leasing 20 acres to plant grapes. Their 60-acre property is directly across the road from Adelsheim's original estate vineyard at Quarter Mile Lane. They agreed and planting began the next spring at what was then named Bryan Creek Vineyard. By 1998, the oldest plantings began producing wine rich and complex enough to warrant a single vineyard bottling.

Meet the producer

Inspired by trips to Europe where the "wine and food spoke", David and Ginny Adelsheim first planted a 15 acre site in...



Bryan Creek Vineyard is situated high on the southern slopes of the Chehalem Mountains AVA (American Viticultural Area), on basaltic-origin, clay-loam soils that store enough moisture to get the grapevines through our annual summer drought. The 700+ foot elevation approaches the upper limits of where Adelsheim like to plant, but the direct southern exposure provides some compensation. The grapes ripen later than at most of our other sites, but this long “hang-time” can lead to incredible complexity and intensity of flavour. This wine comes from Blocks 3, 4, 5 and 12, all planted to own-rooted clone UCD 5 (Pommard) in 1989. Upon delivery to the winery, the grapes were carefully sorted on our sorting table, then gently de-stemmed into open-top, temperature-controlled fermenters. The fermenters were punched down once daily during cold soak and 2- 3 times each day during primary fermentation. After pressing, the wine wastransferred to small French oak barrels (27% new), where malolactic fermentation occurred over the winter.

Tasting notes

Boutique family owned vineyard Pinot Noir from the awesome 2012 vintage. This complex wine exhibits layered aromas of wild raspberries, spice and pain grillé. On the palate, the wine shows firm acidity followed by hints of dark chocolate and a plush, velvety mouthfeel.

Food match

It would pair wonderfully with grilled salmon, domestic and wild fowl, and other savory main dishes.