More on IPNC 2012 to follow. In the meantime, the visits in Willamette Valley wine have already started.
Downtown McMinnville hosts an up and coming winery zone called the Granary District. While Eyrie Vineyards winery has been located since its inception at the edge of the Granary District, several newer locales have opened in the area alongside a recent shift to include a few shops, and food venues plus markets. A few of us were able to do a walk around series of visits to three different wineries in or beside the Granary District, each opened by the label we tasted, and designed to host and support other wine makers as well. Finally, we tasted with a brand new, not yet released wine (drinking from an unlabeled bottle, it turns out, is one of my very favorite things to do).
Visiting the Granary District: Matello Wines, Dominio IV Wines, Remy Wines, and Burton Bittman
Marcus Goodfellow of Matello Wines
“There are three rules for Matello, when possible: (1) The fruit is from North Willamette Valley; (2) It is non-irrigated; (3) It is farmed by people that own and primarily operate their vineyards.” –Marcus Goodfellow
2011 Pinot Gris, 2010 Chardonnay, 2010 Viognier, 2010 Clover, 2010 Whistling Ridge Blanc Blend
Pinot Noir: 2010 Lazarus, 2010 Homage, 2010 Souris, 2010 Durant Vineyard, 2009 Whistling Ridge
Dominio IV Wines
Patrick Reuter of Dominio IV Wines
“We started with 350 cases, and no capitol, and had to build it from there. We had been in Carlton Wine Maker’s Studio for seven years. It had just opened up. It helps wineries in their incubation stage, and it give us a 3-4 year window when we didn’t have to invest in capitol. But, eventually, we wanted to buy equipment to suit what we were doing, to how we make wine.” –Patrick Reuter
2007 Columbia Gorge Syrah You Write in Wine
Remy Wines, Three Wives
Remy Drabkin of Remy Wines
“Remy Wines follow rules–they’re all Italian, single vineyard, and varietal–single grape–wines. Three Wives is to play.” –Remy Drabkin
2009 Remy’s Red Blend; 2011 Pinot Gris Ramato
Anneka Miller of Burton Bittman
“The wine is named for inspiring strong women on my mother’s and my father’s side. My grandmother Burton never got to go to college, and she dreamed of being a journalist. The name, and the wine is partially for them.” –Anneka Miller
the first vintage: 2010, 595 bottles
waiting for the labels: 2010 Willamette Valley [Coury Clone] Pinot Noir
Thank you to Anneka Miller for inviting us to be among the first to taste your first vintage. I took notes and will be working on a comic of it! I really do love tasting from still unlabeled bottles.
Thank you to Remy Drabkin, Patrick Reuter, and Marcus Goodfellow–further write ups on each to follow. Congratulations on your new spaces in the Granary District!
Thank you to Jason Lett.
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