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Category: Oregon

Sass Winery, Willamette Valley

Tucked into the folds of Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley, small vineyards flourish on land once thought unsuitable for anything but grasses or Christmas trees. Each year, the struggling vines produce tight clusters of grapes that gradually ripen during the long, dry summer. The hazy, warm days and cool nights of autumn help the fruit develop intense, complex layers of flavor and aroma that produce wonderfully rich, elegant and forward wines. Sass Winery is one such place, producing small amounts of handcrafted, high-quality pinot noir, pinot blanc, pinot gris, chardonnay, riesling, syrah, rose of syrah and gewürztraminer.

The vineyard, planted in 1989 by Jerry Sass, is in the hills of South Salem, facing east and south, at a gently rolling elevation of 450-530 feet. The soils are a well-drained silty red clay loam. The vines are vertically trellised and closely spaced at nearly 2,000 to the acre and are naturally farmed with no irrigation or invasive chemicals. The winery was built in 1995, sunk partly into the hillside so that the crush pad is 5 feet above the winery floor, allowing gravity, not pumps, to power the harvest. Sass will not expand production past 5,000 cases because they believe the finest wines are handmade, and we want our vineyards to fully express the complex elegance of their terroir.

Wines:

Sass Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

Sass Pinot Blanc, Rogue Valley

Sass Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Sass “Vieux Amis” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

For More Information Visit: Sass Winery

 

Ovum Wines, Willamette Valley

John House and Ksenija Kostic didn’t leave their jobs at Chehalem Winery to craft cult wines. But when you traverse some of the most remote districts of Oregon in search of distinctive, and often quite marginal, white wine vineyards; when you produce wines of crystalline purity on a truly nano scale; and when the resulting wines have the clarity to express some seriously eye-popping terroir and minerality; well, you’re bound to attract at least the hint of a cultish aura.

Since that first summer in 2011, scouring obscure and often forgotten vineyards from the Willamette to the Columbia Gorge to the Rogue Valley, House and Kostic have continued to focus on just four sites, teasing the terroir from low-yielding vines and letting the vineyards speak for themselves. Each wine evokes a sense of place and time, each has the lift and sinewy vigor that comes with some genuinely fearless acidity, and each, unsurprisingly, is very limited.

Wines:

Ovum “Deep Water” Riesling, Dundee Hills

Ovum “Off the Grid” Riesling, Rogue Valley

Ovum “Memorista” Riesling, Dundee Hills

Ovum “In the Dark” Gewurztraminer, Rogue Valley

For More Information Visit: Ovum Wines

 

Holloran Vineyard Wines, Willamette Valley

Holloran Vineyard Wines produces small quantities of handcrafted wine from premium vineyard sites in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. They emphasize low yields and careful hands-on management of the vines to produce wines that express the unique characteristics of their vineyard sites. Currently they produce 3,000 – 4,000 cases per year. Holloran starts with high quality farming techniques – vineyards are farmed organically or biodynamically. They carefully manage crop loads to ensure optimal ripening. Small lot processing and fermentations are followed by very gentle pressing, to provide for purity of flavors and support development of complex aromas. They never rush the wines through the cellar, top barrel aged Pinot Noirs see 18 months of barrel time, using the finest french oak cooperage.

Wines:

Stafford Hill Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

Holloran Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Holloran “Le Chenaie” Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills

Holloran “Le Pavillon” Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

For More Information Visit: Holloran Vineyard Wines

 

Evening Land Vineyards, Willamette Valley

Situated in the southeastern Eola-Amity Hills, Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman’s Evening Land’s Seven Springs Vineyard is dry-farmed using biodynamic practices. The Pacific Ocean breeze, volcanic soil, eastern exposure, and high elevation contribute to the natural preservation of the grapes’ acidity and enrich the wines with elegant flavors and minerality. Sixty-five acres were initially planted in the early 1980’s. Today, Seven Springs Vineyard is a 70 acre vineyard. The vineyard’s soil consists of iron-rich, volcanic rock with a thin layer of top soil – less than 36 inches right along the volcanic flow line. Seven Springs Vineyard is LIVE certified and has been fully converted to organic and biodynamic farming practices since 2007.

Wines:

Evening Land  Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay

Evening Land “La Source” Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay

Evening Land “Summum” Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay

Evening Land Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Evening Land Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir

Evening Land “La Source” Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir

 

For More Information Visit: Evening Land Vineyards

 

Division Winemaking Company, Portland

After spending time studying and making wine in Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Northern Rhône, Kate and Tom Monroe decided to settle down in Portland and start both Division and the Southeast Wine Collective (Portland’s first urban winery). Grapes are sourced mainly from LIVE-certified (sustainable) and some biodynamically-farmed vineyards, and winemaking follows a light-touch, non-interventionist blueprint.

Wines:

Division Chardonnay “Un”, Willamette Valley

Division Pinot Noir “Un”, Willamette Valley

Division Pinot Noir “Deux” Johan Vineyard, Willamette Valley

Division Gamay Noir “Cru” Methven Family Vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills

Division Rose of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Division-Villages Pinot Noir “Méthode Carbonique”, Willamette Valley

Division-Villages “Béton” Gamay/Cabernet Franc, Oregon

Division Pinot Noir “Quatre” Bjornson Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills

Division Pinot Noir “Cinq” Armstrong Vineyard, Ribbon Ridge

Division Chenin Blanc “Savant” Willard Farms, Washington

Division Gamay Noir “Cru” Methven Family Vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills

Division Cabernet Franc “Granit” Mae’s Vineyard, Applegate Valley

Division “Crémant de Portland” Brut Urbanique

Division Gamine Pétillant Syrah Rosé Mae’s Vineyard, Applegate Valley

Division Gamine Syrah Mae’s Vineyard, Applegate Valley

 

For More Information Visit: Division Winemaking Company