Reference Point Pinot Noir 2019, Willamette Valley, Oregon

A small production wine by Owner/Winemaker Mike Bell. 560 cases produced a year from a tiny, 1-acre plot in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, planted entirely to the Pommard clone of Pinot Noir. The vineyard sits way half way up Yamhill and is comprised of loamy and volcanic soils. How can a small producer compete? “By making great wine and wearing all the hats needed to find a way to survive.” Mike states:” It’s just me and friends with pick-up trucks who are willing to get dirty and help pick grapes. My neighbors help and give guidance as well when I’m not in Oregon.” Reference Point consists of almost two acres and produces both a Pinot Noir and a Pinot Noir Rose. Being small, there is no marketing department, sales team, legal team or winemaking staff; Mike does it all. This actually works to the wine’s advantage. Mike has to keep the wine ‘natural’ because he doesn’t have the funds or staffing to manipulate the wine. Reference Point illustrates the characteristics of the region, climate that year and the property itself. There is hazelnut farm nearby and you get a hint of hazelnut in the wine. Each vintage is unique. One could even say “it has a soul.”