Happy Harry's Direct Offer No. 20Willamette Valley Vineyards
The “budwood” of Willamette Valley Vineyards began long before its founding in 1983 by vintner Jim Bernau. His Dad, a Roseburg attorney, was hired by California winemaker Richard Sommer to secure one of the first winery licenses in Oregon since Prohibition. Jim’s Dad allowed small tastes of Richard’s wine at the dinner table, lighting a path that led Jim from home winemaking to studies at UC Davis and eventually Beaune, France.
Jim’s early “winemaking” grew more from mischief when at the age of 10, he liberated his Mom’s frozen Concord grape juice and followed the description of fermentation he found in the family’s set of encyclopedias! In 1983, with the encouragement from winemakers making their move from California, Jim cleared an old pioneer plum orchard in the Salem Hills, hidden underneath scotch broom and blackberry vines to plant Pinot Noir. Unable to afford drip irrigation, he watered the vines by hand using 17 lengths of 75’ garden hose to get the grapelings through their first summer.
Jim’s vision of organizing wine enthusiasts to help build a world class winery in Oregon has, over time, resulted in the winery being named “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” by Wine Enthusiast. Among the winery’s unique distinctions is that it’s owned by more than 20,000 wine enthusiasts (NASDAQ: WVVI & WVVIP).
Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir —2018
From the original 1983 plantings—the 2018 vintage is the inaugural release of the Bernau Estate Pinot Noir. This single vineyard designate is from the Bernau Estate Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Named in honor of their Founder Jim Bernau, Bernau Estate is the future home of their méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine facility.
The 2018 vintage resulted in perfectly ripe fruit with intense color and opulent flavors. Deep garnet colored in the glass, the wine opens with a complex nose of bramble fruit, plum, dried herbs and minerality notes. On the palate it is showcasing concentration and elegance, the palate is packed with flavors of red and black fruit framed by cedar and earth. The well-structured, polished tannins and balancing acidity suggest this wine will further reward those with patience.
The Bernau Block is not just for casual sipping, as this wine can stand up to rich gastronomic dishes. Enjoy with grilled Oregon lamb chops, cedar plank salmon, filet mignon, mushroom risotto, dishes featuring native Oregon truffles and charcuterie.
Happy Harry’s is very honored to be the first in the state of North Dakota to provide you with this inaugural vintage release of the Bernau Block!
– 91 points—Wine Enthusiast
– 90 points—James Suckling
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