John Grochau was first introduced to wine and the winemaking landscape in his early 20’s, while racing bicycles for a French team in the Loire Valley.
After more than decade selling wine in some of Portland’s finest restaurants Grochau plunged into winemaking. He spent a year in Sonoma before returning to Oregon to work at Erath Winery, and then worked alongside winemaker Doug Tunnel at Brick House Vineyards for four years. His first vintage as owner and winemaker at Grochau Cellars was 2002.
The 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is sourced from Bjornson, Finnegan Hill, Cancilla, Zenith and Anderson Family vineyards
Crimson in color. 14.1% ABV. Pretty nose of red and black fruits, baking spices, forest floor and flowers. Medium body with ample acidity. Charming and elegant. Black cherry, cola, earth and spice on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Delicious wine that over delivers at the price point. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 91 points.
The 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is available for $25 at the winery and retail. John Grochau has a pretty good story and the wine is compelling. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.