Biodynamically farmed, pure Pinot fruit with a balanced matrix of damp earth, fresh mushroom, freshness and elegant concentration.
Producer: Cooper Mountain Vineyards
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Medium Body, Crowd Pleasing
Blackberry, raspberry, earthy, classic WillamettePairings:
Duck, salmon, lamb, turkey, BBQ
When Cooper Mountain Vineyards got its start in 1978, there were just a handful of winemakers in the Willamette Valley. Much has changed and growth has been exponential in Oregon’s wine producing regions, yet owners, the Gross Family's love for the land and producing lovely wine hasn’t wavered one bit. “The Meadowlark Vineyard Pinot was my favorite Pinot from all of Oregon and began my love affair with Cooper Mountain,” says Kelsey McCallan. The ‘Reserve’ is a wine, which possesses all of the attention to detail and quality found in the winery’s single vineyard offerings, yet at a fraction of the cost and with an earlier window of drinkability. Highlighting its balanced character and ability to stand up to the acidity of cranberry sauce, the savor of roast turkey, and even suitable for full flavored seafood, Kelsey notes, “We will begin featuring this wine by the glass at Catalyst on November 1st.” Stop by for a glass to find out for yourself!
With 40 years under their belts as grape-growers, the Gross family has been involved in the Willamette Valley wine trade since nearly the dawn of the Willamette Valley itself. Despite what today constitutes one of the largest vineyard acreages in the region, Cooper Mountain Vineyards, whose first CMV bottling was in 1987, has stayed true to its roots as farmers first - and they have been farming everything in league with Biodynamic viticulture since 1999 (see Rudolf Steiner, 1924). This ‘farmer first’ mentality, in addition to the knowledge 40 years of working the land affords, make for some very tasty, elegant wines with a true representation of time and place. “Our dedication to organic, biodynamic wines shows our deep connection to the soil and our desire to rejuvenate the land. Our land is our life and our life is our wine.” Still a multi-generational family business, Cooper Mountain leans upon its patriarch, Bob Gross, as well as his daughter, Barbara, whose passion for all things Willamette Valley stems from her upbringing (literally) amongst its vines. Unwavering proponents of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir since their inception, today Cooper Mountain Vineyards continue to favor Burgundy’s famed duo, but have branched out to explore the likes of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Gamay, and even Tocai Friuliano with great success.