90 points - Wine Enthusiast
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.
Our Bordeaux-style blend offers up an abundant nose of cherry, red currant, crème de cassis, leather, earth and florals all beautifully leading into a palate of spiced plums, boysenberry, tobacco, savory dried herbs, red chili and dark chocolate.
The mouthfeel is round and velvety with tremendous length, concentration, balancing acidity and fully-integrated tannins.
Only 640 cases produced.
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.
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.
Our signature wine, sourced from the acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard and neighboring Summit View Vineyard.
Featuring aromas of black currant, cassis, mulberry, minerality, pepper, herbs and dark chocolate. This richness of this wine is striking, a bold mouth-filling experience with dense layers of blackberry, anise and wood spice flavors. Structured, firm and chewy tannins lead to a long, persistent finish.
Only 644 cases produced.
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.
Cuvée translates to Vintner's Choice. This wine was specially blended from barrel lots from our AVA Series vineyard sites to create a wine displaying the uniqueness of the individual appellations, while coming together to showcase Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
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 John 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.
92 points - Owen Bargreen
WVV was established in 1983 by a dedicated group of wine enthusiasts committed to producing among the highest quality Pinot Noirs while being good stewards of the land. As a tribute to these individuals, we have created this special blend of Pinot Noir sourced exclusively from the Willamette Valley.
Ruby in color, the wine offers vibrant notes of cherry, raspberry, dusty earth, sweet cigar smoke and anise on the nose. The aromas give rise to a succulent palate with flavors of red fruits, savory herbs, graphite and baking spices that lay over a frame of seamless, fine-grain tannins, balancing acidity, silky texture and persistent finish.
Only 396 cases produced.
91 points - Wine Enthusiast
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, and now in the newly approved Tualatin Hills AVA. The unique Laurelwood soil profile at the Tualatin Estate Vineyard contributes to the complex nature of the wines.
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.