Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
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Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley - 2020

Item # 17086 750mL
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Production Methods




Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

Tasting Notes

This Pinot Noir is the most accurate representation of Johan Vineyards’ terroir. Using a selection of fruit from different plots across the estate, vinified 57% whole cluster using native yeasts. The wine ages for 10 months in 28% new wood, with the remainder completing elevage in neutral french oak.

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Staff Pick Notes

Meticulously farmed, perfectly balanced Oregon Pinot from a certified biodynamic farm in the Van Duzer Corridor. I am in love. A unique vineyard, the site is calcareous soil with a good amount of granite, and heavy coastal winds. For this bottling, Johan vineyards use native yeasts, practicing partial whole cluster fermentation (about half the fruit) and a mix of new and old French oak--the exact balance is different every year with the intent to make something that (in the words of the winegrower) "most accurately represents our sense of place in a given vintage." Cranberry and cherry, vanilla coke, forest floor, clove, umami, and an unexpected burst of citrus on the finish. There is serious depth and generous fruit, but it has the acidity and earth that bring it all into balance. Precision and purity are the words that come to mind.


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Pinot Noir

The Burgundy region of northeastern France is the historic home of the Pinot Noir grape, and is the source of the world’s greatest examples. Here one finds renditions of Pinot Noir that deliver power with finesse and grace, wines that have unimaginable depth of flavor, yet are perfectly balanced and ephemeral in the mouth - in short, wines that deliver all that Pinot Noir has to offer. Terroir,...

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Willamette Valley

Perhaps the most familiar wine producing region in Oregon, the Willamette Valley is actually a group of distinct AVA's (American Viticultural Areas). This varied area is home to approximately two thirds of Oregon's wineries. Bounded roughly by the cities of Portland in the north and Eugene in the south, the near-idyllic wine growing region is cradled between the Cascade Mountain Range on its east...

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The largest wine region in Oregon is the Willamette Valley, lying between the cities of Portland and Eugene and home to most of Oregon’s wineries. As it does not have one homogeneous climate, it has been broken up into several different AVAs. In the best of them, the perfect amounts of wind, rain, sun exposure, and altitude combine to give Pinot Noir the warm days and cool nights it needs in...

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