Ebb Tide - Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2020
Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States
From the importer -
A blend of three sustainably farmed sites from Willamette Valley, two in Van Duzer and one in McMinnville AVA. All are in close proximity to the Van Duzer Corridor, which is the low land route to the coast. It is cooler and windier, resulting in grapes with thicker skins, a longer growing season, richer color firmer acid and tannin structure. Hand harvest, 100% de-stemmed into 1.5 ton open top fermenters and an indigenous yeast fermentation (pied de cuve). Pump-overs once or twice a day, depending on the tank, to introduce oxygen into the fermentation. 6-11 days on the skins, to create different blending components: structuring tannin to bright and juicy fruit. Once pressed, the wines completed fermentation in tank, then MLF was completed in neural French Oak barrels. Zero additives apart from one very small dose of SO2 at the de-stemmer.
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. For several years, he raced through some of France’s most revered winemaking regions, including Champagne, Burgundy and across the Loire Valley. When he returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, he went to work in the restaurant business and quickly discovered an even greater appreciation for wine. After more than a 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 Brick House. His first vintage as owner and winemaker at Grochau Cellars was 2002. John is a friend of Communal, having developed a relationship with Melissa on the road, selling wine through the same distributor partners. Melissa was captivated by the expressiveness and authentic expression of John’s wines, and as a result, a partnership was formed.