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.
The label of our 2018 Père Ami features a drawing of Jim's father, hand-drawn by his daughter Emi Bernau.
On the Nose: A hearty blend offering a deep nose of plum, black currant cedar and mocha.
On the Palate: A velvety palate of dark fruits including blackberry, black cherry and huckleberry along with floral and leather notes. This full-bodied wine is structured with firm tannins, balancing acidity and generous length on the finish.
Food Pairings: Enjoy with Mexican dishes like chili relleno and chicken mole or with grilled meats like a NY strip steak, smoked pork or short ribs.
Peak Drinkability: 2021 - 2027.
Breakdown: 48 % Syrah, 19% Tempranillo, 19% Zinfandel, 13% Grenache.