Kate Norris & Thomas Monroe
“Un” Pinot Noir 2019
The “Un” Pinot blends multiple organic vineyard sites throughout the valley, with 2019 putting particular emphasis on the biodynamically farmed Johan Vineyard. Some lots are fermented semi-carbonically — what gives Beaujolais its joyous berry-tinged energy — while others receive a more conventional whole-cluster approach. The wine is aged for nine months in French and Austrian oak barrels (about 15% new). This year the winemakers tried something new, transferring the wine to concrete tanks to harmonize for one month before bottling. 1,238 cases produced. Minimal sulfur additions. 13.6% abv.
Winemakers and entrepreneurs Kate Norris and Tom Monroe are the power-duo behind one of our favorite wineries in Portland — or anywhere for that matter. Determined to make approachable, low-intervention wines, the pair founded Division Wine Co. in 2010, and have spent the last decade making pitch-perfect wines that are almost too good to be true (like their mind-boggling “Un” bottlings, which out-drink almost anything). Today, Division works with countless organic, biodynamic, and LIVE-certified vineyards across the state, including in the Columbia Gorge and the Applegate Valley. But maybe most exciting of all: Kate and Tom are helping to pioneer a new, more equitable Willamette Valley in which Pinot Noir is not the only game in town.
Willamette Valley, OR