Hope Well 'Sunday's Child' Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon 2019
There is a lot to say here about the Wines of Hope Well, as Mimi Casteel is an absolute force putting her money where he mouth is when it comes to agriculture and farming. We love her, and here is why.
After graduating with an MS in Forest Ecology from Oregon State, Mimi worked for the National Forest Service as a botanist and developed a strong commitment to environmentalism. After several years of working in the backcountry of Oregon, the pull to return to Bethel Heights and the vines won out. Once back at Bethel Heights, Mimi worked tirelessly to innovate farming techniques, compost and viticultural practices to be more sustainable and organic.
Sunday’s Child Pinot Noir is the third child in a set of three wines, born from a single lot of Pinot noir, a few rows of perfectly ripe fruit from all corners of the vineyard combined into one lot in the field, then separated into three parts before vinification: Monday's Child, Tuesday's child and Sunday's child. Sunday’s Child went through a fully traditional Pinot noir maceration, on skins until dryness, and then to barrel to rest for the next ten months.
Grape: Pinot Noir, de-stemmed with 10% new French oak
Soil: Volcanic (Jory) on Terrace, Ancient Marine Sediment on slopes
Viticulture: The Hope Well vineyard is meticulously farmed using 100% natural, organic and biodynamic methods with a heavy focus on regenerative agriculture.