94 points & Gold Medal - Beverage Tasting Institute
91 points & Gold Medal - Savor Northwest
Made with Dijon clones planted more than 20 years ago by Founder Jim Bernau who traveled with the Oregon Governor's Delegation to Burgundy in the 1980s to seek out French clones to improve our state's Chardonnay quality. The vines were brought back and quarantined at OSU before being propagated for use in Oregon vineyards. Naturally derived Dijon Clones from France planted in the Willamette Valley was one of the greatest tipping points in Oregon wine quality.
Our Tualatin Estate Vineyard rests in the foothills of the Oregon Coast range and is one of the oldest plantings in Oregon, planted in 1973 by Oregon wine pioneer Bill Fuller. The unique Laurelwood soil profile at the Tualatin Estate Vineyard contributes to the complex nature of the wines.
The bouquet opens with notes of lemon crème, poached pear, custard, baking spices and florals. The palate entry is round with luscious flavor development of quince, pineapple, golden apple and caramel.
Platinum Medal & "Best Sparkling of the Northwest" - Sip Magazine
This inaugural vintage is crafted using Méthode champenoise sourced from estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This blend combines the structure and vibrancy of Pinot Noir with the finesse and roundness of Chardonnay. The wine was aged on its lees for 23 months to develop added complexity before being disgorged.
Founder Jim Bernau's daughter, Emi, helped design a family crest for the label taking inspiration from their heritage and the biodynamic farming practices used at Bernau Estate Vineyard.
Barrel fermented with 50% once-used French oak, the 2018 Voltigeur Viognier has elegant notes of lemon curd and fresh apricots, supported by hints of vanilla and brioche. The wine is medium-bodied, vibrant and generous while staying fresh, lively and seamless on the lingering finish. Only 107 cases produced.
91 points - International Wine Report
90 points - Wine & Spirits Magazine
This classic "Willamette Valley style" Chardonnay is sourced from our three Estate vineyards — the original planting by Founder Jim Bernau in the Salem Hills, Tualatin Estate planted by Oregon wine pioneer Bill Fuller in the foothills of the Coastal Range and Elton planted by Dick and Betty O'Brien in the Eola-Amity Hills.
Founder Jim Bernau traveled with the Oregon Governor's Delegation to Burgundy in the 1980s to seek out French clones to improve our state's Chardonnay quality. These vines were brought back and quarantined at Oregon State University before being propagated for use in Oregon vineyards. Naturally derived Dijon Clones from France being planted in the Willamette Valley was one of the greatest tipping points in Oregon wine quality.
91 points - Wine Enthusiast
Made exclusively with wine grapes from Dick & Betty's original vines planted in 1983.
Offering a nose of lemon, ginger and minerality, the medium-bodied palate features flavors of orange blossom, lime and vanilla creme with balancing acidity leading to an energetic finish.
Sourced from a small planting at our Tualatin Estate Vineyard, the grape clusters are whole cluster pressed and aged in stainless steel and neutral oak barrels.
Light to medium in body, flavors of green apple, pear, chamomile, white florals and fresh herbs unfold on the palate with bright, balancing acidity and a pronounced energetic finish.