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Amphora Pinot Noir Production

 


 

Ancient Winemaking For Modern Times

The Willamette Valley is known for exceptional Pinot Noir around the world. Although we are primarily a Chardonnay-focused house, 20% of our total production is Willamette Valley Pinot Noir fermented in 500L terra-cotta amphorae imported from Tuscany. Drawing inspiration from Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy of Burgundy, we hand-snip individual berries from each Pinot Noir cluster and drop them directly into our amphorae. 

According to writer Peter Weltman in his recent article for SevenFifty Daily "Why an Ancient Winemaking Technique is Making a Comeback"

"Clay vessels have been used to ferment and age wine since ancient times. Neolithic Age wine vessels recently found in the Republic of Georgia were tested and confirmed to be the world’s oldest. “Almost every ancient culture, from the Canaanites to the Egyptians to the Assyrians to the Greeks and Romans, vinified in pottery vessels,” says Patrick McGovern, Ph. D., the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia. His team conducted the liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry testing that confirmed the age of the Georgian vessels.

While these pots are an uncontested link to the past, they are also becoming a resource for the future of winemaking. Beyond the romanticism involved in borrowing ancient techniques, terra-cotta pots offer unique interactive properties with wine—they pull out acidity, allow oxygen exchange, and provide superior insulation, among other benefits—that are different from those of stainless steel, wood barrels, or concrete. These factors are are capturing the attention of winemakers around the world and encouraging new scholarship."


 

An excerpt from Back to Black published in the Oregon Wine Press by Tamara Belgard:

"While 00 Chardonnay tastes truly exceptional, the winery also leads a unique Pinot Noir program, sourcing fruit from Shea, Hyland and the lesser-known Stardance. The winery bases their picking decisions for both Pinot and Chardonnay on acid levels — not sugar levels (brix) — to achieve its signature flavor profile. With laborious production that includes hand snipping each Pinot berry from the cluster and whole-berry fermentation in 500-liter clay amphorae, the resulting wines are smooth with soft tannins on the back palate.

00 Wines Pinot Noir Reviews

 

Customer Cellar Tracker Review - 2015 Single Vineyard Shea Pinot Noir

"There is absolutely no doubt this is a home run of an Oregon Pinot. One of, if not the, finest Oregon Pinot Noir I've had in years. Hate to say it, but yes, this has Burgundian balance and grace, which I rarely find in Oregon."


 

Customer Vivino Review - 2014 VGR Pinot Noir 

"Mineral taste is soft and the fruit in the back of the palate is wonderful. Nice notes of raspberry or strawberry."


 

Pinot Noir

Produced from an Eola-Amity Hills Vineyard that is so famous we couldn't use it on the label, we decided to name this single vineyard Pinot Noir after our founder Chris Hermann's father Richard. Dr. Richard Hermann was a world-renowned plant geneticist specializing in the Douglas Fir tree. Thanks to his blessing, 00 Wines was founded in 2015, when Dr. Hermann was 91 years old. 

19 cases (of 6 Magnums per case) produced.

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$275.00
 
SKU: 0017PN-RHC-M
 

Produced from Block 1D planted in 1972 in bright red volcanic soil of the the Hyland vineyard in the McMinnville AVA, our 2017 Hyland single vineyard Pinot Noir is savory with hints of roast duck and hoison sauce with a pretty, delicate nose. 

102 cases produced. 

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$95.00
 
SKU: 0017PN-HY
 

"This is a blend of parcels, fermented as hand-snipped, single berries in 500-liter amphorae. The intrinsically fragrant and gently tarry red cherries deliver a complex, youthful impression with assertively spicy oak. The palate has a wildly detailed, fresh and juicy array of rich, dark cherries and berries with such long and succulent, fine tannins. Really exceptional expression of Willamette pinot. Drink across the next decade."

95 points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com Oregon 2019 Tasting Report

VGR showcases the best of the Willamette Valley in a Pinot Noir blend. Produced with a single berry hand-snipped amphorae fermentation, a time consuming and highly laborious process. This annual blend is the signature Pinot Noir entry into the world of 00 Wines.

329 cases produced. 

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$75.00
 
SKU: 0017PN-VGR
 

"A single plot that offers a very intense, earthy and savory-edged style with autumnal dried berries and leaves, as well as subtle spice on the nose. The palate has a super succulent feel with fine-grained tannins, delivering such power and detail. So long and full of life, this has a sanguine edge that delivers intensity and focus on the finish. Drink across the next decade."

95 points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com Oregon 2019 Tasting Report

Our 2017 Single Vineyard Shea is an exquisite expression of the site's terrior with a graceful, lifted mouthfeel, rounded out by soft tannins. This wine truly dances in the glass - pleasant on the first taste but with an intellectual appeal that keep even the most experienced Shea vineyard lovers coming back for more. 

116 cases produced.

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$95.00
 
SKU: 0017PN-SV
 
 

Produced from an Eola-Amity Hills Vineyard that is so famous we couldn't use it on the label, we decided to name this single vineyard Pinot Noir after our founder Chris Hermann's father Richard. Dr. Richard Hermann was a world-renowned plant geneticist specializing in the Douglas Fir tree. Thanks to his blessing, 00 Wines was founded in 2015, when Dr. Hermann was 91 years old. 

25 cases produced.

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$125.00
 
SKU: 0017PN-RHC
 

"This is a blend of parcels, fermented as hand-snipped, single berries in 500-liter amphorae. The intrinsically fragrant and gently tarry red cherries deliver a complex, youthful impression with assertively spicy oak. The palate has a wildly detailed, fresh and juicy array of rich, dark cherries and berries with such long and succulent, fine tannins. Really exceptional expression of Willamette pinot. Drink across the next decade."

95 points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com Oregon 2019 Tasting Report

The 00 VGR showcases the best of the Willamette Valley in a Pinot Noir blend. Produced with a single berry hand-snipped amphorae fermentation, a time consuming and highly laborious process. This annual blend is the signature Pinot Noir entry into the world of 00 Wines.

19 cases (of 6 Magnums per case) produced.

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$165.00
 
SKU: 0017PN-VGR-M
 
 

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