IN THE PRESS

 

Oregon: An Embarrassment of Riches and Richness

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019

"Oregon’s Expanding Palette of Wines"

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2018

"Oregon Pinot Noir, Sustainably Made"

Meg Maker, Maker's Table, Feb. 15, 2016

 

"The World's Largest Category of Fine Wines: They All Have One Thing in Common: They're UTR (Under the Radar)" Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator, Oct, 2015

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Producer: John Grochau

Country: United States
Region: Oregon - Willamette Valley
Farming: Natural
Website: www.grochaucellars.com

In the backyard of Portland, Oregon, the Willamette Valley is now one of the premier regions for United States Pinot Noir. Due to its marginal propensity for ripening grapes, those that do ripen tend to have to struggle to do so, which many hold leads the grapes to develop greater complexity.

 

Within the larger AVA lies Eola-Amity Hills, a more defined microclimate that has thinner soils with less water holding capacity and proximity to cooler winds, resulting in wines that are generally darker in color, have more fruity and spicy aromas, more acidic and tannic structure, and have a darker red to black fruit flavor profile.

Based in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Grochau Cellars was founded in 2002 by John Grochau, a Portland native who has worked for such wineries as Erath Winery and Brick House Wines. Based on the principles of minimalism, Grochau only utilizes grapes from vineyards whose processes are organic and environmentally friendly, while using sustainable methods. Vineyard sites include the Bjornson Vineyard and the Zeith Vinyeard, both in Eola-Amity Hills.

At harvest, the grapes are handpicked and partially destemmed. Fermentation is started with ambient yeast and is allowed to begin and end naturally. Once fermentation is completed, the wines are racked into a combination of new and used barrels for aging. Grochau avoids the temptation of using extra additives and processes and keep the wines true to the region and the vintage.

The main philosophy of Grochau Cellars is “Don’t Screw It Up,” believing that with minimal intervention, naturally healthy grapes can be given their best chance to shine. By maintaining this philosophy, Grochau Cellars represents the true flavors of Oregon: complex, pure, and satisfying

 

 

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

MELON DE BOURGOGNE
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne
Technical sheet

89 pts Vinous - Melon de Bourgogne 2016

 

GAMAY NOIR REDFORD WETLE FARM
Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills
Varietal: Gamay Noir
Technical sheet

91 pts Vinous - Gamay 2015

90 pts Vinous - Gamay 2014

 

PINOT NOIR "COMMUTER CUVEE"
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Technical sheet

90 pts Vinous - Commuter Cuvée 2017

89 pts Vinous - Commuter Cuvée 2016

87 pts Vinous - Commuter Cuvée 2014

 

PINOT NOIR EOLA-AMITY HILLS
Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Technical sheet

91 pts Vinous - Eola-Amity Hills 2013

91 pts Vinous - Eola-Amity Hills 2012

PINOT NOIR DUNDEE HILLS
Appellation: Dundee Hills
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Technical sheet

91 pts Vinous - Dundee Hills 2012

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