John Grochau was first introduced to wine and the winemaking landscape in his early 20’s, while racing bicycles for a French team in the Loire Valley. For several years, he raced through some of France’s most revered winemaking regions including Champagne, Burgundy and the across the Loire Valley. When he returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, he went to work in the restaurant business and quickly discovered an even greater appreciation for wine selling wine in restaurants for 14 years, went off to Sonoma to learn how to make wine , and started making wine in 2002.
Winemaker Note: This wine is all about the bright fresh purity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir! The Commuter Cuvée is our first release Pinot Noir each year and is a blend from multiple Willamette Valley vineyards that capture the essence of each vintage. It’s a wine for every occasion from a family dinner to relaxing in front of the TV. Take it to the beach, the mountains, the office party or along on a bike ride (not encouraging, just saying). This is your anytime go-to bottle. Drink up!
Hand sorted and mostly destemmed, and only 5% whole cluster fermentation this vintage. Aged 8 months on lees, 30% in stainless steel, 68% in French oak, and 2% in concrete tank.
90 Points "Fragrant, spiced-biscuits and floral aromas with light, bright red berries and cherries. The palate has a crunchy, lithe and juicy feel with a sleek, succulent and elegant, pure finish. Drink in the next five years." -James Suckling