93 points Wine Spectator: "Deeply structured and polished, with brooding raspberry and blueberry flavors, which offer traces of forest floor and orange peel and build toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2030. ."
"Eminent Domaine is a symbol of perseverance for our family — a reminder that dedication and focus preserve the essence of our lives together. Our wines emulate our devotion to this land and to each other, resonating a sense of place that speaks clearly of Oregon’s Willamette Valley as the premier wine growing region for new world Pinot noir. The name, Eminent Domaine, is a reflection of our experience with the legal term, eminent domain, our dedication to the Oregon wine industry and our love of the wines produced in our region.
In 2002 the City of Portland cited eminent domain as reason for claiming an office building we owned downtown. We began negotiations, as we agreed with the intent of the law, which states that the property would be used for the public good in exchange for a price based on fair market value. However, when both qualifiers came into question, a lengthy legal process ensued. Despite having a more favorable outcome from arbitration, the compensation was low and the property was used for undisclosed purposes.
Having been brought up on a small farm in Hillsboro Oregon, Jeff Meader always wanted to go back to the land. Already entrenched in Oregon’s wine industry and looking to the future, it was a natural progression to re-invest in a small piece of land in the coveted Ribbon Ridge AVA. In 2009, we set about planting the 7-acre parcel with selected Pinot Noir clones and harvested our first estate fruit in 2011.
Jeff, his wife Heather, and their two daughters opened the doors to the new Eminent Domaine tasting room in May of 2016. Nestled amid the vines of our Estate vineyard, this modern yet intimate setting makes the most of the breathtaking views from the top of the renowned Ribbon Ridge AVA."
Jeff had extensive experience in the wine industry, from his work at Oregon Wine Services, a huge storage and fulfillment operation in wine country, to his partnership in NW Wine Company, a custom-crush winemaking facility he co-founded with winemaker Laurent Montalieu.