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Garnet in the glass, the wine opens with a complex nose of plum, black cherry, vanilla, tobacco and cedar. Flavors run the spectrum of red, blue and black fruit, dark chocolate and leather with layered spiciness of anise and clove. The full-bodied mouthfeel, firm tannins and balancing acidity work in harmony to create a Bordeaux blend of interest and age-worthiness.
Classic varietal aromas of plum, currant, dried herbs and woodspice fill the glass and move into a palate expressing notes of blackberry, tobacco, anise and dark chocolate. The wine is medium-bodied with firm age-worthy tannins and balancing acidity for structure and a lingering finish carrying notes of vanilla and cedar far beyond the sip.
90 points - Wine Enthusiast
Double Gold - McMinnville Wine Classic
Sourced from Quail Run Vineyards in Southern Oregon, owned by dedicated growers Don and Traute Moore who are known for being Southern Oregon’s most celebrated producer of premium wine grapes.
90 points - Wine Enthusiast
Ruby in the glass, the nose offers aromas of cherry cordial, blackberry, milk chocolate, vanilla and baking spices. The palate is smooth and inviting with flavors of juicy red and black fruit, cassis and cedar, with fine grain tannins and a long, lingering finish that brings along notes of mocha and red cherry.
Inky in the glass, the wine coats the bowl similarly to the palate and opens with aromas of plum, blackberry jam, chocolate-covered blueberries, vanilla and anise. Full-bodied and packed with lush dark fruit, violets and sweet spices, it has chewy tannins and balancing acidity, finishing very long. Dense, bold and delicious.
Aromas of chocolate covered blueberries, cherry cordial and raspberry jam emerge from the glass. The wine is succulent with a medium-bodied palate, vibrant acidity, soft finish and offering flavors of tart red cherries, dried herbs, anise and caramel.
Featuring a nose of plum, red cherry, earth and savory spices, the palate expands to reveal more juicy red and black fruits, leather and tobacco leaf. This hearty wine is full-bodied with a rustic tannin structure to match.
Opening with a jammy nose of chocolate-covered blueberries, blackberry cobbler and black cherry, the bouquet continues to unfold notes of violets, baking spices and anise. The velvety palate offers dark fruit flavors of plum, currant and brambles with sandalwood and cigar box accents layered on top of silky tannins and a plush, lingering finish.
Founder Jim Bernau's father, Fred Bernau, helped reestablish Oregon's wine industry in the early 1960s when he assisted Richard Sommer of HillCrest Vineyard in getting one of the first winery licenses post-prohibition. Jim was 10 years old at the time, so he and his brother Jerry were allowed small tastes of Richard Sommer's wines at the dinner table.
From those small tastes, Jim's passion for Oregon wine grew. It has always been a dream of his to make a wine dedicated to his father, the help he provided to early Oregon wine pioneers and the passion he ignited in Jim. Père Ami, translated to "Father Friend," is just that.
91 points & Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
A complex red blend of the finest varietals from the Walla Walla Valley, this bottling celebrates the Métis heritage of Founder Jim Bernau's fourth great grandparents Catherine "Kitty" Umfreville Pambrun who worked with her husband Pierre Chrysologue Pambrun to lead Fort Nez Perce in Walla Walla, ushering in a time of peace to the trading post and Columbia Basin.
This wine was developed years ago by the late Winemaker Forrest Klaffke, who kept it locked away from Founder Jim Bernau to deter him from sampling tour groups on it from the barrel. The day before his passing, he gave the key to Jim and we have continued to make the wine according to his methods ever since.