This limited production handcrafted wine takes years to produce. We age our Reserve style Pinot Noirs for 18-24 months in small French oak barrels. The wine is then bottled and aged further.
Wetzel Estate Pinot Noir offers up dark fruit, cherry vanilla, and cola flavors with a hint of raspberry; soft tannins, earth notes, and dark fruit character with bright acid balance. This Pinot Noir is unbelievably food friendly - from salmon, beef, and poultry to pasta dishes. It is a true crowd pleaser.
This vineyard is L.I.V.E certified reflecting our commitment to sustainable farming practices. We feel that the natural inputs we use with these high quality fruit resources enhances the character and quality of the wines.
Fruit: 100% Zenith Vineyard
Vineyard: Zenith Vineyard
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Trellis: Upright Vertical Canopy
Canopy Management: Shoot positioning, leaf removal, use of catch-wire system
Soil Type: Willakenzie/Bellpine
Clonal selection: Pommard, Wadenswil, 667 and 777 Dijon clones
Fermentation: Small open top fermenters
Maximum fermentation temp.: 86 degrees F.
Yeast: Co-inoculated with 3 commercial yeast strains
Winery: Chateau Bianca
Owners: Wetzel Family
Founded: mid 1980’s
Location: Dallas, OR
Chateau Bianca Winery & Vineyard is a family owned and operated winery established twenty-five years ago in the Mid-Willamette Valley, on Butler Hill outside of Dallas Oregon. We keep our annual production intentionally small and we are committed to high quality wines at an exceptional value.
We produce mainly Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc with a limited production of Sparkling wines, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Marechal Foch, Chardonnay, Ruby Port, Vin de Glace, and specialty wines.
Our winemaker, Andreas Wetzel and his family carry on the fourth-generation wine-making tradition. His great-grandfather started wine production in the area near Wurzburg, Germany. This love of winemakeing continues today across the globe. For over 35 years, the family has been producing wines in beautiful Oregon.
These experiences have given us unique insights rare in this ever-changing wine industry. Andreas’ attention to detail garners Chateau Bianca many prestigious wine awards. Including having our 2011 Chateau Bianca Pinot Gris named the top 6 Wine in the World by Wine Enthusiast.
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Minor note - comparing pricing to 3 litre bottles is a pretty bad idea. Yes, it’s a volume equivalent, but nobody has ever produced a 3 litre bottle that costs the same as 4x the price of a single 0.75 litre bottle. Usually more like 5-6x.
@klezman I feel like WD is treading very close to that other site he likes to remind buyers “caveat emptor” with the price comparison. Are we going to need an asterisk saying “Comparable Price” means the price at which the same or a similar wine with the same primary grape varietal and appellation or sub-appellation has been offered for sale to consumers directly by a producing winery or through retailers.
@KNmeh7 I see your point, but on the other hand, the information is presented transparently. That allowed me to quickly see the potential discrepancy and comment on it. So I say maybe a minor foul, but no harm.
@kaolis I believe this is a different bottle, as they aren’t selling the 750mL of this one on their site currently. May be a different one from the Wetzel Estate Pinot Noir from Zenith Vineyard being sold today.
This was the Third Wine that was ratted at the Seattle Casemates gathering. Of all the wines that were at the tasting, including the wines others brought themselves, this was probably my favorite.
I thought it tasted like smoked cherries, although I have never had such a thing. There was a mild pepper taste on the back, with light tannins and a medium or medium + finish. Overall this wine was smooth and very enjoyable. My palate is not as refined as many, and my notes were brief so that’s all I got.
Considering that I tasted upwards of 20 bottles and this was my favorite, thats enough for me to buy some. The only question is whether I need 3 or 12. Im leaning towards 12…
I’m confused (which isn’t hard to do at my age)…Title of the offer says “Wetzel Estate Pinot Noir”. In the Tasting Notes it references “Wetzel Estate Pinot Noir Reserve”!! WHAT IS BEING OFFERED HERE?? Reserve or Non-Reserve? What is the right wine being offered?
I stand corrected as far as the Wine Enthusiast review goes. Unfortunately I can’t delete my previous post. But this appears to be the correct review. I will now go crawl into my hidey hole! Of course I may be corrected again.
From the Wine Enthusiast 2/1/2017
Wetzel Estate 2012 Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) 84 Points
Flavors of dried herb cover dried fruit. It feels as if all the life has been drained from this wine. It should be consumed immediately.
DESIGNATION Zenith Vineyard
VARIETY Pinot Noir
APPELLATION Willamette Valley, Willamette Valley, Oregon, US
WINERY Wetzel Estate