For the third consecutive year, the Willamette Valley was treated to a near-perfect vintage. With higher spring temperatures leading to the earliest bud-break on record, it looked to be a challenging run ahead. But with cool and consistent weather throughout the ripening period, 2016 looks to trump even the much lauded 2014 and 2015 vintages. As sugar levels rise in the fruit, the acidity levels decrease. Due to the longer hang time after fruit set, this process was slowed and acidity levels remained optimal when harvest arrived. is allowed for a degree of finesse and elegance in the wines, more so than the opulent 2015’s. Balanced acidity makes for fresher and crisper white varietals, and allows the Pinot Noirs to age beautifully for years to come. Considered a “giving” vintage both in quantity and quality, look for approachable wines now that will continue to reward as time goes on.