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As many of you know I love the wines from the Willamette Valley in Northern Oregon. I now invite you to see for yourself how enjoyable these wines really can be.

The Oregon wine industry started more or less in the mid 1960s making it a pretty young viticultural area. The passion and goodwill of those early pioneers and the generations that followed quickly fostered a broad knowledge framework of the land, the varietals, methods of farming, and techniques in the winery. In essence - American terroir.  Sure, we don’t have the generational monk mapping of Burgundy, yet even the Burgundians are buying up land here - Drouhin, Lafon, Jadot, Meo-Camuzet, Bollinger, and Marc Roy to name just a few. Outside of Burgundy, this climate is one of the very few in the world that is so well suited for Pinot and Chardonnay.

As a friend once said “The fact that companies from Pinot’s birthplace have invested here is an incredible validation, but anyone who’s had a glass of well-made Willamette Valley Pinot already knows why we’re here.”

What better time than now to begin your personal exploration of these wines with one of my favorite producers, Division Wine Company.  They have a promising price to value ratio, they source from organic and / or biodynamic vineyards, and they know how to make great elegant style wines.  Plus you will be supporting the American economy and its small producers. 

Buy by the bottle or take advantage of a mixed case containing 4 bottles of each for $490.

Division Wines
Division Winemaking Company is a Portland, Oregon based winery founded in 2010 by Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe. Inspired by the wineries of Loire, Beaujolais, Burgundy and the Northern Rhone where they first learned winemaking and viticulture, the urban winery creates Oregon and Washington wines including Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay, Rose, Chenin, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Cot, Syrah, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc. Determined to make approachable and balanced wines though minimal manipulation, the winemakers have a passion to work with well farmed terroir expressive vineyards, many of which are organic and/or Biodynamic®, celebrating the varietals the winemakers loves to drink.

2021 Gamay Gala Jubilee Vineyard Eola Amity Hills - $35
This is the first vintage of "Gala" 

Delicately threading the needle eye between brightness and darkness, this strawberry and spice-laden potion of deliciousness is perfect for Gamay lovers. The earthy and crunchy palate lingers on for what seems like many minutes before slowly dissipating to you guessed it, another sip.

Organically farmed by Steve & Mary Walker, this vineyard is nestled on the hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, overlooking the town of Amity. The grape varieties grown here include Pinot Noir, Gamay, Dolcetto, & Chardonnay, which all ripen gracefully as harvest approaches.

Aged in old barrels only and bottled after 8 months, the new “Gala” Gamay was made without fining or filtration and only a small sulfur addition when blended. 

Drink now, drink tomorrow, or just wait and see what becomes of a stunning first vintage.

2021 Division Pinot Noir Deux Eola Springs Vineyard Eola Amity Hills - $50
Sometimes even we say WOW! The 2021 Pinot Noir “Deux” from Eola Springs Vineyard scratches all the Pinot itches we shoot for.

The balance of savory, fruit, acidity, and tannin are all there and our style that is founded on texture in the wine is clearly in place for this wine. Brimming in briny-covered red fruits, the wine is classic Pinot meant for a long future. “Deux” has the power, elegance, and balance that we always seek in Pinot Noir. 

There is perhaps no other site that we have as much experience and intuition with as Eola Springs Vineyard. The Pinot Noir vines are some of the oldest in the Willamette Valley - part of the block is 50 years old - ancient by New World standards. The consistency of the old vines leads to consistency in the fruit quality and coupled with impeccable Biodynamic principle farming, we are able to produce one of our most distinctive wines.

2021 Chardonnay Quatre Royer Vineyard Eola Amity Hills - $45 
Yes you read that correctly - it is my vineyard.  Which makes it a must own.  

The Royer Vineyard is young, but is already showing amazing promise to make unique and terroir-forward wines of distinction. Hence, we created our first single site bottling of Chardonnay from Royer from the excellent 2021 vintage. The aromatic profile bursts out of the glass with a bit of flinty reduction that carries to exotic spiced stone fruits. The palate features dense saline coated stone fruits and a very long finish. This wine is excellent out of the gate and we look forward to tasting the evolution in the months and years to come.

COURTIER | 510 926 6565
415 350 3127 (Michael)
DIRECT | 503 602 0306 (Mark)
2266 Central Street #3A
Richmond, CA 94801

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