James Suckling 91
"An upbeat, fruit-driven style with focused, ripe red-cherry and red-plum aromas and flavors that take center-stage. Drink now.
A beautiful vintage and a commitment to quality winemaking is well reflected in this release of Red Cap Pinot Noir. Crafted with fruit from a variety of growing sites, it is a reflection of the perfect terroir in the Willamette Valley. The warm, dry growing season led to ripe fruit and cocnetration that balances perfectly with our trademark texture, acidity and complexity. Medium-bodied, the palate is gushing with ripe Bing cherry, plum and a kiss of chocolate.
Established in 1982, Montinore Estate is one of the largest producers of certified estate wines made from Biodynamic grapes in the country. With our 200-acre Demeter Certified Biodynamic and CCOF Certified Organic vineyard located in north Willamette Valley in Oregon, we focus on producing superior Pinot Noirs, cool climate whites, and fascinating Italian varietals.
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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.