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Scroll down through our most current lineup from the WC cellar. From youthful seasonal favorites like Rosé and Pinot Gris to our most age worthy single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, this is a snapshot of what we have available to you now! Our full catalog, including select older vintage and library release wines, can be viewed in the shop section.

 
 
 
 
 
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nv brut blanc de blancs


Vineyard Source : Sourced from sustainably farmed, estate vineyards in the Willamette Valley.

Alcohol : 13%

Dosage : 12 g/L

Bottle Date : Disgorged on demand

 

Our Brut Blanc de Blancs, lovingly crafted in the traditional Méthode Champenoise, is the culmination of efforts starting with fruit sourcing from multiple estate vineyards farmed by us. This bottling is both our addition to the growing neighborhood of sparkling wines from the Willamette Valley and effort to produce an affordable bottle of bubbles that still has great nuance, depth and approachability. Farmed sustainably, lees-aged, and disgorged on demand in small batch quantities.


A base wine, blended from multiple vintages, is the foundation for our Brut Blanc de Blancs. By blending across vintages, we can encourage a house style and smooth vintage variation. The mouthfeel is driven by fruit forwardness, rich textures and a friendly complexion that favors approachability over austerity.

 
 
 
 
 
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2011 La cantera vineyard blanc de noir


Vineyard Sourced : La Cantera Vineyard (Chehalem Mountains AVA)

Alcohol : 13%

LIMITED PRODUCTION | DISGORGED ON DEMAND

 

Our Blanc de Noir is crafted in the traditional Méthode Champenoise. The Pinot Noir is sourced from our flagship estate vineyard, whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented. This bottling is our addition to the growing neighborhood of sparkling wines from the Willamette Valley. Farmed sustainably, aged for 20 months on lees, and disgorged on demand in small batch quantities. 


The planting of La Cantera began over 30 years ago. The unique wind-deposited Laurelwood soils of the Chehalem Mountains serve as the foundation for our wines.

 
 
 
 
 
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2018 Willamette valley pinot gris


Vineyards Sourced : Yamhill Springs (Yamhill-Carlton AVA), Confluence, Poverty Bend, Covey Ridge & Vitae Springs (Willamette Valley)

Alcohol : 13.2%

Cases Produced : 800

 

Even after a string of very good and great vintages, 2018 is poised to be a standout. Spring and summer were exceptionally warm and dry – with perhaps fewer of the dramatic heat spikes seen in recent years. The harvest season ushered in a long, dry, beautiful fall. Cool nights and mild daytime temperatures extended ripening while maintaining balance, brightness and natural acidity.


Refreshing, bright, and dry – the 2018 vintage of our Pinot Gris personifies this classic Willamette Valley mainstay. Favoring a spectrum that emphasizes elegance and friendliness over width and weight, our Pinot Gris is casual but smartly capable of complimenting a range foods. From simple oven-roasted chicken to spicy Indian or Thai dishes, this wine is as versatile as it is delicious.

 
 
 
 
 
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2018 rosé of pinot noir


Vineyard Source : La Cantera (Chehalem Mountains AVA) 98%, River Heights (Willamette Valley) 2%

Alcohol : 12%

Cases Produced : 450

 

The beautifully framed 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir offers exciting summer aromas of strawberries and cream, sweet citrus and ripe watermelon. Floral and bramble notes compliment the fleshier strawberry and raspberry fruit and round out a classic snapshot of Pinot Noir. Gracefully more generous than the 2017, this vintage shows a delightful balance of weight on the mid-palate, prevailing acidity and mineral presence.


Our direct press rosé starts with dedicated Pinot Noir grapes picked almost entirely from our estate La Cantera Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains. Harvested at lower ripeness than would be suitable for a fully extracted red wine, the fruit goes to press 50% whole cluster and 50% destemmed.

 
 
 
 
 
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2016 willamette valley riesling


Vineyards Sourced : McIvor (25+ yrs old) Landing Eagle (11 yrs old) 

Alcohol  : 12.1% 

Residual Sugar / IRF Profile : .52% / Dry to Medium-Dry

Cases Produced : 145

89 POINTS WINE ENTHUSIAST

 

Hand harvested. Clusters are manually crushed, and left to soak on skins at 38 degrees for 48 hours before being pressed and cold settled. The juice is then racked to stainless steel tank, inoculated, and cold fermented for 6 weeks until the desired balance is reached.


The 2016 Willamette Valley Riesling shows lovely off-dry approachability and a medley of exciting aromas and flavors. Pineapple, dried apricot and shredded coconut mingle in all their happy tropical glory! Expect a generous, round mouth feel from the extended skin contact followed by a lifting tick of acidity on the finish. 

 
 
 
 
 
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2015 Willamette Valley Gewürztraminer


Vineyards Sourced : McIvor (25+ yrs old) Landing Eagle (11 yrs old) 

Alcohol  : 12.1% 

Cases Produced : 145

 

Gewurztraminer’s English translation is Spice Garden and properly named as this wine is very aromatic, with floral notes and exotic fruits on the palate (lychee & apricot) With less than 2% residual sugar the finish is dry.


McIvor Vineyard, one of the primary sources for both our Riesling and Gewürztraminer, is a gem of a site in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The 30 year-old, own-rooted vines express profound depth and excitement in this limited production Gewürztraminer. 

 
 
 
 
 
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2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir


Vineyards Sourced : La Cantera (Chehalem Mountains AVA), Sylvia's (Eola-Amity hills AVA), Yamhill Springs (Yamhill-Carlton AVA) & Four Winds (Willamette Valley)

Alcohol : 13.5%

Cases Produced : 2,950

90 Points Editors’ Choice WINE ENTHUSIAST

This well-built, budget-priced Willamette Valley Pinot deftly mixes its brambly fruit with light touches of herbs, skins and earth. Tannins are in the background, and it's the supple acidity that keeps it moving through a palate-pleasing finish.

 

2017 was a departure from the eagerly early previous three vintages. Fruit set was atypically high, and even with moderate thinning, yields were plentiful. A hot, dry summer, that saw only a spot of rain in 90+ days, allowed for nearly uninterrupted ripening resulting in healthy clusters, and beautiful avor development. 


Lovely early maturity and balance showing in this young wine. Where our 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was de ned by its wildness and forward fruit, the 2017 is characterized by seamless textures and mouthfeel. The fruit pro le incor- porates dark cherry, wild raspberry and a cranberry-like quality to the acidity. Trace notes of deep mocha aromas build the mid palate.

 
 
 
 
 
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2014 dolcetto


Vineyard Sourced : Jubilee Vineyard (Eola-Amity Hills AVA)

Alcohol : 13.4%

Cases Produced : 104

Aging : 10 months in 100% neutral French oak 

 

The beautifully clean fruit from this ideal year allowed us to be very gentle and unhurried. Hand harvested grapes were destemmed and punched down daily as the fermentations began slowly and uninoculated. After 23 days on the skins the wine was pressed. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 


A long slow fermentation allowed for a very deep but gentle extraction. This becomes evident in the pure and lilting violet floral notes that introduce the wine. Brooding at first, the intensity and complexity of aroma builds with minutes in the glass until bright floral notes mix with dark boysenberry and cassis supported by earth and spice. The rich and generous palate sails effortlessly on to a long finish. 

 
 
 
 
 
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2015 reserve chardonnay


Vineyards Sourced : 50% Meier Vineyard & 50% Robinson Vineyard (Willamette Valley)

Alcohol : 13.2%

Cases Produced : 100

Aging : 10 months in French oak, less than 25% new 

91 POINTS WINE ENTHUSIAST

This is a balanced, rather restrained reserve, which is not a criticism. Restrained does not mean simple; in fact, this two-vineyard blend combines applesauce, dried Italian spices, toasted hazelnuts and a dash of pepper in a harmonious, lingering and quite flavorful wine.

 

Our Reserve Chardonnay offers interlaced complexity influenced by multiple pick dates and the blending of two unique vineyard sites. Robinson Vineyard brings an effortless fruit-forwardness and subtly more tropical characteristics. Meier Vineyard lends restraint, tension and unique herbaceous and stony citrus fruit notes on the palate.

Together the result is a wine that is expansive and rich on the attack, but tightens up some on the energetic finish. The Reserve Chardonnay is delicious right now, but poised with the ample structure and acidity to age beautifully.

 
 
 
 
 
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2016 reserve pinot noir


Vineyard Sourced : La Cantera (Chehalem Mountains AVA), Carlton Hill Vineyard (Yamhill-Carlton AVA), Yamhill Springs Vineyard (Yamhill-Carlton AVA) & Sylvia’s Vineyard (Eola-Amity Hills AVA)

Alcohol : 13.5%

Cases Produced : 450

Aging : 16 months in French oak barrels

 

Each year our Walnut City Reserve Pinot Noir represents the best of the cellar. The 2016 vintage delivered profoundly generous, well-structured Pinots. The grapes for this blend were estate-grown and farmed from multiple sub-AVA’s in an effort to express the Willamette Valley as whole.


An expressive nose of dried rose petal, tart cherry, wild strawberry and raspberry bramble stands prominently and in balance with a palate that is graciously ripe and balanced with bright acidity and a modest alcohol level. The weight and mouth feel are lifted and sleek with a generous, sweet mid-palate and very fine, evolved tannins on the finish. The Reserve is vibrant and energetic in its youth and will be eager to evolve in bottle over the next 8-10 years. 

 
 
 
 
 
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2016 La Cantera Vineyard pinot noir


Vineyard Sourced : La Cantera Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains AVA

Alcohol : 13.8%

Cases Produced : 50

Aging : 20 months in French oak barrels

 

The planting of La Cantera began over 30 years ago. The unique wind-deposited Laurelwood soils of the Chehalem Mountains serve as the foundation for these red fruit-driven wines. Palate generosity compliments the subtle spice and bramble undertones. A bold expression from our flagship vineyard. 


Depth and intensity defines the nose of the La Cantera Vineyard Pinot Noirs. The classic sweet spicy and dusty floral elements of this 30-year-old hilltop vineyard jump from the glass making a strong show of matching the layers of deep red cherry, pomegranate and bramble. Lovely clarity and elegance seem to balance the wildness and generosity of the fruit. An exciting, age-worthy, single-vineyard edition from our flagship vineyard!