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.
Bjornson Vineyard is situated on volcanic soils planted with 28 acres of grapes in the Eola-Amity AVA.
Light red in color. 14% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, rose petal, baking spices and earth. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Crisp, fresh and elegant. Bing cherry, strawberry, earth and mushrooms on the palate. The finish is long and smooth. Wonderful Pinot Noir that should age gracefully. Best over the next 3-5 years.
My rating: 92 points.
The 2016 Bjornson Vineyard Pinot Noir is available for $38 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.