November’s Offerings

2015 Johan Pétillant Naturel ($25)

Willamette Valley, Oregon
Pinot Noir

Johan is a biodynamic estate in the Willamette Valley that was created in 2005 by Dag Johan Sundby, who moved to the US from Norway in 2004. He was part of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon and later on, received his MBA from the University of Denver. Johan specializes in Pinot Noir, but grows eight other wine grapes as well. Dan Rinke, who previously worked at Rhys, has been the winemaker since 2007.

Vineyard: Planted in 2002, the Pinot Noir is sourced from a two-acre block with Helvetia silt loam soil with a northwest aspect.

Farming: Biodynamic (certified by Demeter). Since all of the grapes are used to make this sparkling wine, it is cropped to achieve higher acidity.

Vinification: Destemmed, cold soaked for four days and pressed to tank to begin fermentation. Racked off heavy lees and bottled, unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Note: Fresh with piquant, austere lemon and raspberries that leaves a long, juicy finish.

Food Pairing: Turkey with cranberry relish.

Drinkability: Now and over the next couple of years.

Alcohol: 13.2%

SO2: No SO2 added.