The 2019 vintage was beautifully reminiscent of the classic vintages of northern Europe. After a relatively cool and humid summer by Oregon standards, some nice dry weather came in time for veraison with mild to cool temperatures during the day and cool to cold at nights. This extended the growing season well into October, making even us cool climate lovers bite our nails wondering if we would reach optimal ripeness! We did, and are so happy with the results across the board!
We added our first all Willamette Valley AVA blended wine or cuvée of Gamay Noir to our line-up in 2017 and believe we’ve steadily improved the quality of this wine vintage over vintage, making some adjustments in our vineyards to perfectly suit the type of Gamay we are striving for in this bottling, and that we love to drink. This wine is named “Lutte.” meaning “fight to overcome” in French as reference to our early struggles and efforts to bring Gamay Noir from Oregon to the attention of wine lovers all over the U.S. - 10 harvests in and we’re getting somewhere we think!