Van Duzer Corridor AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Vinous 93 points! (on the 2017 vintage)
Dag Johan Sundby, a native Norwegian, came to North America in 2004 seeking a new life. The descendant of a long line of tillers of the soil, young Johan sought to sink his roots deep into the Willamette Valley, to make his mark on the ancient Pinot Noir grape. Inspired by the legendary vineyards of Burgundy, he sought the ideal terroir, finding it in the similar latitude and climate of Oregon. Driven by New World optimism and youth, he is anchored by Old World values and a fierce determination to make premium wines that will stand the test of time. In 2010 Johan Vineyards received both Organic Certification from Stellar Certification Services and Biodynamic Certification from Demeter USA. The winemaker at Johan is Dan Rinke
"The objective of our flagship Pinot Noir is to create a bottling that most accurately represents our sense of place in a given vintage. We carefully select parcels of fruit from every rootstock/scion combination, aspect, vine age, and soil profile, creating a collage of the diverse expressions of our vineyard through the lens of Pinot Noir.
The 2018 vintage was fermented using exclusively native yeast (both primary and malolactic), with approximately 40% whole-cluster fermentation. The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, 7% of which were new."-Johan Vineyards
"Brilliant garnet. Highly expressive red berry, cherry and succulent herb aromas are complemented by building floral, baking spice and mineral nuances. Spicy and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant, spice-laced raspberry, bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that deepen steadily and take a sweeter turn through the midpalate. Shows sharp definition and mineral lift on the finish, which features finely drawn tannins and resonating florality. 57% whole clusters and 28% new French oak."--Vinous Media, 93 points! (on the 2017 vintage)
Enjoy Johan Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir over the next 8-10 years with grilled Coho salmon, roast pork, spinach souffle and cheeses.