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Amphora Pinot Noir Production

All around the world, the Willamette Valley is known for exceptional Pinot Noir. Although we are a Chardonnay-focused house, 25% 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 at SevenFiftyDaily: 

"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 the Oregon Wine Press: Back to Black 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.

While the winemaking has been guided by Burgundian winemaking consultant Pierre Millemann, whose clients include world-renowned producers such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Dujac, 00 recently hired winemaker Wynne Peterson-Nedry — formerly with Chehalem Winery — for the 2018 harvest. "

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
2015 VGR - Pinot Noir Image

The 00 VGR (Very Good Red) 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 that no one else in the Willamette Valley is doing. This annual blend is the signature Pinot Noir entry into the world of 00 Wines.

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$75.00
 
SKU: 0015PN-VGR
 
2016 VGR - Pinot Noir Image

The 00 VGR (Very Good Red) 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 that no one else in the Willamette Valley is doing. This annual blend is the signature Pinot Noir entry into the world of 00 Wines.

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$75.00
 
SKU: 0016PN-VGR
 
2015 Shea - Pinot Noir Image

"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. This has Burgundian balance and grace, which I rarely find in Oregon." - customer review, Cellar Tracker

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$75.00
 
SKU: 0015PN-SV
 
2016 Shea - Pinot Noir Image

Our 2016 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. 

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$95.00
 
SKU: 0016PN-SV
 
 
2015 Stardance - Pinot Noir Image

The name Stardance was inspired by a vision of dancing stars and their importance in the biodynamic farming methods of the vineyard's founding farmer Glen Kloss. Today his wife Shirley oversees his legacy of 14 acres of own-root Pommard clone Pinot Noir located on an east-facing slope in the Oregon Coast Range overlooking an amphitheater of fir trees. 

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$75.00
 
SKU: 0015PN-SD
 
2015 Hyland - Pinot Noir Image

Our 2015 Single Vineyard Hyland strikes a harmonious balance between power and finesse with a graceful, lengthy finish. Produced with Pinot Noir fruit from the original 1972 Coury clone plantings. 

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$75.00
 
SKU: 0015PN-HY
 

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00 Wines offers our list members an unparelleled journey into the realm of world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Our VGW, EGW, and VGR blends are available on our website and in fine restaurants and retailers.

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