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Grochau Cellars Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2011

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Wine: "We started these (Eola-Amity Hills & Dundee Hills) single AVA bottlings because we find them to be both unique and typical of the AVA where the grapes were grown. In the Dundee Hills the vines grow on a deep volcanic soil known as “Jory”, wines from the Dundee Hills tend to be more about “the pretty” than the “powerful”. The grapes were fermented in small 1.5 ton fermenters and aged 18 months in French oak barrels (30% new barrels). This wine is full of floral aromas with red cherry, raspberries, and sweet & savory spices. The palate is broad and lush with fine tannins throughout. This wine is best consumed within the next 5-8 years." - Winery Winery: "At Grochau Cellars, we come to wine as appreciators first, explorers second and creators third. We try to always remember that balance. Drawing inspiration from the landscape around us, and the classic, nuanced wines of France and Spain, we craft the kind of wines we hope to drink at the end of the day: pure, honest and delicious. Established in 2002, Grochau Cellars is anchored to our Oregon homeland, and we approach each vintage with the same goals: Create complex, genuine wines true to their origins and to the distinct flavors of Oregon. Grochau Cellars is the project and passion of John Grochau, and his wife Kerri. John has been fortunate enough to learn the trade from some of the Willamette Valley’s finest winemakers. From the pioneering cellars and large-scale work of Erath Winery to four years as Doug Tunnel’s assistant at the esteemed Brick House Wines, John has logged the numerous hours of careful attention, expert advice and forklift skills necessary to risk his own money on his own undertaking." - Winery

Region: USA » Oregon » Willamette Valley

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  • 2011

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Winery: Grochau Cellars
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Grochau Cellars:
John Grochau was first introduced to wine and the winemaking landscape in his early 20’s, while racing bicycles for a French team in the Loire Valley. For several years, he raced through some of France’s most revered winemaking regions including Champagne, Burgundy and the across the Loire Valley. When he returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, he went to work in the restaur... Read more
John Grochau was first introduced to wine and the winemaking landscape in his early 20’s, while racing bicycles for a French team in the Loire Valley. For several years, he raced through some of France’s most revered winemaking regions including Champagne, Burgundy and the across the Loire Valley. When he returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, he went to work in the restaurant business and quickly discovered an even greater appreciation for wine.   After more than decade selling wine in some of Portland’s finest restaurants, including a 14-year stint at Higgins, Grochau plunged into winemaking. He spent a year in Sonoma before returning to Oregon to work at Erath Winery, and then worked alongside winemaker Doug Tunnel at Brick House Vineyards for four years. His first vintage as owner and winemaker at Grochau Cellars was 2002.   With Grochau’s restaurant experience, there was a natural progression as a winemaker to craft food-friendly wines that enhance a meal. Grochau strives to make wines that are balanced, textured and expressive of place. Inspired by the diversity of the Willamette Valley’s soils and microclimates, Grochau sources fruit from fifteen organic and sustainably-farmed vineyards.   Grapes are hand-harvested and wines undergo a slow, natural fermentation. Working with grape varieties with a legacy in the Willamette Valley – namely Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc – Grochau also seeks to showcase the potential of emerging varieties like Melon de Bourgogne and Gamay. Read less

Wine: "We started these (Eola-Amity Hills & Dundee Hills) single AVA bottlings because we find them to be both unique and typical of the AVA where the grapes were grown. In the Dundee Hills the vines grow on a deep volcanic soil known as “Jory”, wines from the Dundee Hills tend to be more about “the pretty” than the “powerful”. The grapes were fermented in small 1.5 ton fermenters and aged 18 months in French oak barrels (30% new barrels). This wine is full of floral aromas with red cherry, raspberries, and sweet & savory spices. The palate is broad and lush with fine tannins throughout. This wine is best consumed within the next 5-8 years." - Winery Winery: "At Grochau Cellars, we come to wine as appreciators first, explorers second and creators third. We try to always remember that balance. Drawing inspiration from the landscape around us, and the classic, nuanced wines of France and Spain, we craft the kind of wines we hope to drink at the end of the day: pure, honest and delicious. Established in 2002, Grochau Cellars is anchored to our Oregon homeland, and we approach each vintage with the same goals: Create complex, genuine wines true to their origins and to the distinct flavors of Oregon. Grochau Cellars is the project and passion of John Grochau, and his wife Kerri. John has been fortunate enough to learn the trade from some of the Willamette Valley’s finest winemakers. From the pioneering cellars and large-scale work of Erath Winery to four years as Doug Tunnel’s assistant at the esteemed Brick House Wines, John has logged the numerous hours of careful attention, expert advice and forklift skills necessary to risk his own money on his own undertaking." - Winery

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