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.
94 points & Gold Medal - Beverage Tasting Institute
91 points & Gold - Savor Northwest
On the Nose: Expresses aromas of apple cider, pear, lemon crème and minerality.
On the Palate: The bright acidity lengthens the palate carrying through additional flavors of baking spice and honey. The gentle oak influence puts a finish of hazelnuts around the juicy core.
Food Pairings: Fall soups like butternut squash or pumpkin, lobster mac and cheese and other rich, cream-based pasta dishes, herb roasted chicken with wild rice stuffing, and wood-fired flatbread topped with Honeycrisp apple, blue cheese and balsamic drizzle.
Peak Drinkability: 2021 - 2026
Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Vineyard in the Salem Hills
Willamette Valley AVA
In 1983, with the encouragement from winemakers making their move from California, Jim cleared an old pioneer plum orchard in the Salem Hills, hidden underneath scotch broom and blackberry vines to plant Pinot Noir. Unable to afford drip irrigation, he watered the vines by hand using 17 lengths of 75’ garden hose to get the grapelings through their first summer.
The vineyard site rises from 500-750 feet in elevation with seven to twelve degree slopes tilted toward the sun. As a result, the vines get excellent air drainage and are above the frost line. At this elevation and slope, the temperature is approximately 10 degrees cooler than the valley floor during the day.
The Estate Vineyard has a total of 67 acres of vines planted, with the first Dijon clones grafted in 1993. It is primarily planted with Pinot Noir Dijon clones 667, 777, Pommard and Wädenswil. Additionally, a portion is planted in Pinot Gris and Dijon Clone Chardonnay 76 and 96.
Be among the first to hear about new releases, local events and wine specials.
Plus, receive complimentary shipping on your first order of $50+