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2016 Père Ami

2016 Père Ami

A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Tempranillo, the wine offers a deep nose of plum, game and black olive. On the palate, the wine features additional dark fruits, cassis, pepper and tobacco. This full-bodied wine is structured with firm tannins, balancing acidity and incredible length on the finish. 

Peak Drinkability: 2018 - 2024.

Food Pairings: Bouillabaisse, braised lamb with plums and pine nuts, pork with grilled vegetables and manchego cheeses.

A Note From Founder Jim Bernau:

It has always been a dream of mine to make a wine dedicated to my father, the help he provided to early Oregon wine pioneers and the passion he ignited in me. Père Ami, translated to "Father Friend," is just that. The wine is sourced from the Umpqua Valley where I was raised and where my father was a small town lawyer, as well as a big believer in the future of Oregon wine.

My Dad, Fred Bernau, helped re-establish Oregon's wine industry in the early 1960s when he assisted Richard Sommer of HillCrest Vineyard in getting the first winery license post-prohibition. I was 10 years old at the time, so my brother and I were allowed small tastes of Richard Sommer's wines at the dinner table. From those small tastes, my excitement and passion for wine began to grow. My early “winemaking” grew more from mischief when I liberated my Mom’s frozen Concord grape juice from the freezer and began making my own wine by following the description of fermentation I found in our family’s set of Encyclopedias. 

It is my honor to present the inaugural release of our 2016 Père Ami. The label features a drawing of my father, hand-drawn by my daughter Emi Bernau.

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Founded in 1983 by Oregon native Jim Bernau with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir,
Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine


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