Support Family Wineries: Granville and Guillen

Happy Friday Pinot fans!

Today's Pinots represent everything that's genuine and good in the Willamette Valley  the kind of wines and people we want to support. Jackson and Ayla Holstein's Granville Wine Co. is one of the most exciting up-and-coming young wineries and a true family project. In addition to their own family project, they were part of the extended wine family that helped Guillen Family winery finish and bottle the 2017 vintage after the tragic passing of winemaker Jesus Guillen.

We hope you'll join us in supporting these wonderful families and their wines.

This dynamite young Pinot comes from one of the most exciting up-and-coming producers in the Willamette Valley. You'll be hearing a lot more from us about Jackson and Ayla Holstein's Granville. The '18 Farmhouse is in a generous place, as I found on a recent visit to Granville. Brimming with scrumptious red and black cherries, adding a savory base note with accents of cola spice and whole cluster deliciousness. Already silky and easy to crush, I can only imagine how great it'll be in another month or two. Previously a "neighborhood blend" of three prized Dundee Hills vineyards, Holstein (the family vineyard) and Murto (planted, fittingly, the year Jackson was born), and Anonimo (source for Mo Ayoub, who is Holstein’s neighbor), the '18 adds a new twist with Eichler Vineyard, a high elevation site in the Eola-Amity Hills that Jackson planted and is quite excited about.

An exquisite value in Willamette Valley Pinot noir and an homage to a super-talented winemaker we lost too soon. Our favorite vintage of this bottling is expressive and charming with satiny, elegantly textured red fruits and hints of orange zest. It’s delicately complex and savory while staying fresh and juicy.

We are still mourning the loss of our friend Jesus Guillen, winemaker for White Rose Estate and Guillen Family wines, who succumbed to an unexpected, brief battle with cancer in November of 2018. Jesus was one of a kind. He was gracious, kind, inspiring, talented, and so much more. In his far-too-short winemaking career, he left an indelible mark on the Willamette Valley and made some of our favorite Pinot noirs.

With the help of the Oregon wine community, Guillen Family wines will continue at one-third the production level. We’ll support them every bit as much and we hope you’ll join us.