The sun is out, the birds are chirping, the temperature is rising daily - spring has arrived! It is time to put away those pea coats, shake off those winter blues and raise a glass to toast new beginnings. But what to put in that glass? How about a knock your socks off Oregon Pinot Noir from a boutique, biodynamically farmed, winery like Johan Vineyards? There is a brightness embodied in this wine which has me daydreaming of picnics in the park while I’m soaking up the sun. If you enjoy fresh cleanly made reds that are more pretty than domineering, then this is a must buy for you.
Dag Johan Sundby, a native Norwegian, came to North America in 2004 seeking a new life. The descendant of a long line of tillers of the soil, young Johan sought to sink his roots deep into the Willamette Valley, to make his mark on the ancient Pinot Noir grape. Inspired by the legendary vineyards of Burgundy, he sought the ideal terroir, finding it in the similar latitude and climate of Oregon. Driven by New World optimism and youth, he is anchored by Old World values and a fierce determination to make premium wines that will stand the test of time.
The farming philosophy of Johan Vineyards is to integrate natural farming methods with the most advanced viticultural research to produce the highest possible quality fruit that is true to its terroir. In 2010 Johan Vineyards received both Organic Certification from Stellar Certification Services and Biodynamic Certification from Demeter USA. The winemaker at Johan is Dan Rinke who previously worked at Domaine Alfred and Rhys in California. The wines are made with all native fermentations and a limited use of new French oak. Because of the long, cooler growing season at the site they get very good lignification of the stems and therefore utilize a good percentage of whole cluster in the winemaking as well. The resulting wines are precise with a beautiful purity and a very savory element. The Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir is a food friendly, elegant style of Oregon Pinot Noir.
Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2017
Shelf Price $29.99
Sale Price $26.97
93 pts Vinous
Brilliant garnet. Highly expressive red berry, cherry and succulent herb aromas are complemented by building floral, baking spice and mineral nuances. Spicy and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant, spice-laced raspberry, bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that deepen steadily and take a sweeter turn through the midpalate. Shows sharp definition and mineral lift on the finish, which features finely drawn tannins and resonating florality. 57% whole clusters and 28% new French oak.
Made in a classic style with small lot fermentations, native yeasts, native ml, 57% whole cluster, and no additives (enzymes, tannins, acid, sugar, water, copper etc)