Thanks to the efforts of winemaker Wynne Peterson-Nedry and 00 (Double Zero) Wine proprietors Christopher and Kathryn Hermann, the Willamette Valley may very well be rising further in the ranks. Their shared passion for Pinot Noir has led this relatively new company to rack up an impressive list of accolades as it establishes itself among the top producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in both Oregon and France.
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This year, the highest score goes to 00 Wines for their 2017 Pinot Noir Richard Hermann Cuvée. In fact, 00 Wines got six of the top 20 wines listed in this report.
A strong showing for Chardonnay continued this year with 137 reviewed (last year 129 were reviewed) and 111 of these (81%) were rated 90+.
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Like many Oregon producers, 00 Wines’ Hermann has leaned toward the Burgundian style of winemaking. “We’re making wines that have a very specific flavor profile, textural quality, and fruit-acid balance,” he says. “Our wines have high natural acidity and lower sugar, which is what gives the wine tension in the mouth when you’re first tasting it. The best Chablis and best Côte d’Or wines have those characteristics.”
We check in with a few Oregon wine luminaries — Eugenia Keegan of Jackson Family Wines’ Oregon operations; Jessica Thomas, general manager of Sweet Cheeks and president of the South Willamette Wineries Association; plus Kathryn Hermann, co-proprietor of Double Zero Wines and her winemaker, Wynne Peterson-Nedry — for a glimpse of the world of wine in Oregon as they see it.
What began as a dream to produce world-class Grand Cru chardonnay and pinot noir across two continents has now become a reality. Produced in partnership with 00 Wines’ international team in France, the Corton-Charlemagne brings forth an exquisite white burgundy that blends bi-continental winemaking talents with the distinctive desire to push the potential of pinot noir and chardonnay forward.
Though the rise of Oregon Pinot Noir has been astonishing, now Oregon Chardonnay is having its day in the sun, and 00 Wines makes some you won’t forget.
Founded in 2015 by prominent Portland wine industry attorney Chris Hermann, 00 Wines produces rich-textured, low-alcohol wines of power and elegance.
In a ranking of more than 3,000 American wines, James Suckling recognized one Oregon chardonnay on its annual list of Top 100 USA Wines of 2019 – the 2017 Willamette Valley Eola-Amity Hills Freya Hermann Cuvée from luxury producer, Double Zero Wines “00.”
For a personal look at the ongoing impact of the tariff situation, I spoke with Chris Hermann, proprietor with his wife Kathryn of of Double Zero Wines “00,” a family-operated winery project producing grand cru chardonnay and pinot noir across two continents and three world-renown regions: Champagne and Burgundy in France, and the Williamette Valley in Oregon in the northwestern US.
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