J. Christopher Winery Pinot Noir Volcanique Dundee 2016


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J. Christopher Winery Pinot Noir Volcanique Dundee 2016

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“J. Christopher’s entry-level wine over delivers, leading with a bright burst of extracted plummyflavor that holds a wheat-and-rye savor. It’s exuberant, with a veil of tannins that grounds the wine and gives it a pleasing bitterness.” October 2019


Located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley, the J. Christopher winery focuses on Pinot Noir made using the traditional methods of the Old World. Owned by renowned Mosel winegrower, Ernst “Erni” Loosen (owner of the Dr. Loosen estate), the wines are hand-crafted in small lots and are sourced from our estate Appassionata Vineyard, as well as other excellent vineyards in the Willamette Valley that we have worked with for years. The philosophy at J. Christopher is to produce terroir-driven wines in an Old World style that emphasizes focus, length and balance.


The Volcanique bottling is sourced from our favorite volcanic soil vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA. Home to the first Pinot Noir vines ever planted in Oregon, the Dundee Hills are iconic and established the Willamette Valley as a serious wine region. The deep, welldrained, volcanic Jory clay soil gives us beautifully savory wines with purity and a finely focused structure.


Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Sources: Baptista Maresh, La Colina, Charlie’s, Abbey Ridge, Bella Vida.
Soil Type: Volcanic
Clones: Pommard, Wadenswil, Coury, Dijon 777
Age of Vines: Six to 35 years
Vineyard Management: Sustainable; dry farmed
Average Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
Harvest Date: September 10–15, 2016
Vinification: 100% destemmed; native yeast fermentation; unforced malolactic; 19 months in barriques (25% new); no fining or filtration.
Bottling Date: May 5, 2017
Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Production: 1,742 cases