Four Graces

About The Four Graces
The Black family purchased an existing vineyard in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley in 2003 as a family retreat. They immediately began turning the estate into a sustainably farmed, well-tended vineyard with the goal of producing rich, elegant, delicious and complex wines.

That same year The Four Graces was founded. The winery is named in honor of the Black's four daughters.

In 2005 the Blacks purchased the Doe Ridge property in Yamhill Carlton to continue the growth of the brand. They chose a site in a differing appellation to add complexity and variety.

This vineyard has been turned into one of the largest experiments of its kind with forty acres farmed sustainably through the L.I.V.E (low impact viticulture and enology) program.

Today The Four Graces is owned by Bill Foley and produces Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Pinot blanc renowned nationally and internationally for their balance, elegance, complexity, and richness. The wines are crafted under the guidance of Marc Myer's who has been in the industry since 2008 and believes both the Dundee and Yamhill-Carlton estates are stunning at first glance and he can't wait to work with the fruit that comes off of these properties.

More recently the historical farmhouse on the now named Foley Family Estate was carefully renovated and opened as a quaint tasting room that welcomes visitors to the famed Willamette Valley. Guests are encouraged to stroll through the demonstration vineyard and to bring a picnic to enjoy with memorable wines served in this thriving wine country destination.

Biodynamic and Sustainable Farming
The Four Graces has undertaken a groundbreaking experiment: a direct comparison of two similar but distinct farming practices that resulted in the creation of two remarkable wines in the process.

We've long been fascinated and inspired by the principles of sustainable growing – so we devised a way to test their results. In 2005 we chose two 20-acre sections in our Doe Ridge Estate, side by side and with nearly identical characteristics of soil, light, altitude and other environmental aspects. Then we farm them, starting with identical stocks, using two different sets of practices: The North Blocks are farmed following sustainable practices, and the South Blocks are farmed following biodynamic practices.

In 2008 we selected four barrels sourced from each section, and aged them in French Oak for 18 months. The results of our grand experiment were finally available, although only 900 bottles of each wine were produced.

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The Four Graces Pinot Noir 2017
“Pleasant aromas of raspberry, Bing cherry and hints of earthy forest floor mingle. The palate exudes bright red fruit flavors of cherry and cranberry which are complemented by a focused mid palate of black pepper and light roasted coffee beans. The finish crisp with a perfectly balanced acidity.”
Item Number: 31212
Bottle:$21.95
Case: $263.40
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The Four Graces Pinot Gris 2016
Tasting Panel 92 “Aged in 100% stainless steel, the aromatics are defining: Pineapple and white flowers are charming. On the palate, a rich pear nectar sidles with a lean, crisp mineral tone. The duality of texture and mouthfeel is sensational. The acidity is anxious, marking a line of delineation

The Four Graces Pinot Noir 2016
“This Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a beautiful ruby color with expressive aromas of red cherry, peppercorn and forest floor. The palate is medium bodied with bright, bold flavors of red currant, dark chocolate and dusty tannin on the finish. Its bold yet balanced acidity make it an ideal pairing

The Four Graces Pinot Noir 2015
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93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 “Expressive and supple, with a complex core of lively tannins and acidity, plus accents of black cherry, cinnamon and spice that linger toward a minerally nish. Drink now through 2024.” ~T.F.  "Bright ruby in color, opulent and layered, with forest, strawberry and dried rose

The Four Graces Pinot Noir 2014
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90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 "Complex aromatics link notes of pine needle, chocolate cherry bark and pepper. In the mouth it's smooth and supple, graceful and polished." ~P.G.  "Vanilla and baking spice are accented by sweet red cherries and plum preserves. The palate hosts savory flavor qualities that

The Four Graces Pinot Noir 2013
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92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "Bright and vibrant, pointing the plum, currant, floral and white pepper flavors into a crisp finish that expands and persists with refinement and presence. Drink now through 2023." -HS  "On the nose the 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is earthy and elegant. It shows

The Four Graces Pinot Noir 2012
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"This spectacular vintage allowed winemakers to truly make wine in the vineyard. Full  maturity yielded a wine of intensity and depth without sacrificing structure. Aromas of  black pepper, cardamom and lilac follow onto the palate with the added fruit flavors of  wild strawberry and red currant.

The Four Graces Pinot Noir 2011
"The earmarks of this vintage are fully mature flavors, low alcohol and racy acidity. Several lots were blended from our estate vineyards to craft this elegant wine; All lots were aged in center of France French oak barrels for nine months with approximately 25% new oak and the balance one to three

The Four Graces Pinot Noir 2010
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"Lithe and open-textured, framing its delicate currant and plum fruit with hints of lilac and cream, lingering gently on the refined finish. Drink now through 2016. 7,000 cases made." ~H.S.