Wine Enthusiast 93
"Sourced from old vines with an average age of 37 years, this outstanding wine will show best if its not over-chilled. Fermented entirely in stainless steel with a German yeast strain, its smooth and supple, with rounded flavors of apples, citrus, pears and kumquats. The lengthy finish adds a streak of breakfast tea. Editors Choice. Paul Gregutt"
Aromas of poached pears, melon, citrus and Golden Delicious apple are accented with nutmeg and a hunt of white flowers. Grapefruit, kiwi, starfruit and candied citrus rind mix and mingle in a harmonious marriage of slight sweetness and a kiss of acidity. The wine leans more toward dry, but the balance makes it an easygoing sipper that both sweet and dry wine lovers can agree on.
Geisenheim, 110 clones
Demeter Certified Biodynamic
CCOF Certified Organic
Sourced from Montinore Estate in Willamette Valley AVA
Laurelwood and Cornelius soil series
Hand-picked and gently whole-cluster pressed
3-month fermentation in 100 stainless steel, using a German yeast strain called Assmanshausen
Montinore Estate was established in 1982 and is one of the largest producers of certified estate wines made from Biodynamic grapes in the country. Their estate vineyard is planted on an east-facing slope along the Coastal Range foothills and encompasses 200 acres in the Willamette Valley, of which is planted to Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Riesling, Muller-Thurgau and Gewurztraminer make up the majority of the remaining acreage. The Tidalstar Vineyard, which was planted in 1999 and acquired by Montinore in 2017 is a 30-acre vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and is planted almost 100 to Pinot Noir. Whereas the Estate Vineyard is Demeter Certified, Tidalstar is LIVE certified and in the process of being converted to a fully biodynamic property.
Partner and Chief Viticulturist, Rudy Marchesi, is a New Jersey native but moved to Oregon in 1998. Rudy started as a consultant at Montinore and initiated its transition to Biodynamic farming in 2003, before ultimately becoming its proprietor in 2005. By 2008, Montinore Estate had achieved Demeter and Stellar Certification, ensuring their quality wines were simultaneously approachable and environmentally conscious. He is a recognized leader in Biodynamic viticulture and was appointed Chairman of Demeter USA and was named Oregon Wine Person of the Year in 2018.
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Rudy Marchesi came to wine and to Montinore Estate via the Bronx and New Jersey. Guided by a passion that was instilled early on by his Italian grandparents, Rudy sought out Oregon as a place that enabled creativity and, with careful coaxing, could grow grapes capable of delivering wine showcasing the truest expression of the land where it was grown. A place where one could, within the estate, grow the grapes, make the wine and send it out to the world.
Rudy became proprietor of the 210-acre farm in 2005 after many years of overseeing operations and as the vineyard consultant. Taking his experience as a winegrower, winemaker and wholesale distributor full circle, he returned back to the land, with a mission to make wine from the ground up. Today, Rudy presides over the estate with daughter Kristin, who is leading the second generation forward as General Manager. Together, they work with the vineyard crew to nurture the land, and with the winemakers to craft wines expressive of the rolling hills and cool breezes of the North Willamette Valley, nestled at the foothills of the Coast Range outside Forest Grove, OR.
All Montinore wines are firmly rooted in the values of a well-lived life, one that includes the enjoyment of food and wine with friends and family. They are crafted for the dinner table, featuring fresh and lively flavors that give immediate satisfaction, but are also built with structure to age. The wines reflect the thrill Rudy receives "in the simplicity of artistry." They are a celebration of a place and culture where wine is a part of the everyday.