2019 James Rahn Wine Co. ‘Dion Vineyard’ Skin-Contact Pinot Gris


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“What’s the point of doing things half way? In the age of skin contact and lightly tinted Pinot Gris wines, I went all the way and made a proper wine out of this gorgeous fruit.” The ferment was healthy and happy and sat on skins until dry – in this instance 18 days. It was placed in neutral French oak barrels and aged until early may. This wine saw no additives except for sulfur before bottling. Only 397 cases produced.

I prefer this wine to be served at cellar temperature – not chilled – but you be the judge.

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Willamette Valley, Oregon

The Willamette Valley AVA lies to the west of the Cascade Mountains south of the city, Portland in Oregon. Stretching into Southern Oregon, this region has the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards. With cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean, dry, long sunny days, and cool nights, Willamette Valley is prime territory for growing Burgundian grapes: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With the first planting’s back in the 1960’s, this region has grown slowly, but significantly, producing top quality and world-renown wines from mostly small wineries. 

When he isn’t running the wine program at The Heathman in Portland, James operates a small and growing winery specializing in single-vineyard wines with minimal manipulation through SE Wine Collective in Portland. James’ inspiration behind winemaking stemmed from the realization that although he loved introducing wines to his diners as a sommelier, he wanted to be “the guy who actually put the juice in the bottle”. James encourages his consumers to “try newbies” when it comes to ordering or purchasing wines. “They have a vision that comes from managing a 100-case production rather than a 100,000-case production, so that’s their baby. And that wine, for better or worse, has more personality than the majority of large-production wines. I believe that wholeheartedly.”

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