Grochau Cellars is primarily focused on making premium Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc from a variety of high quality vineyard properties. We also hand craft “Old World” style wines and blends made from Tempranillo and Syrah, as well as a “Bordeaux” style red blend which has Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc varietals.
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WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT BLANC
COMMUTER CUVEE PINOT NOIR
DUNDEE HILLS PINOT NOIR
EOLA-AMITY HILLS PINOT NOIR
WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR
CUVEE DES AMIS PINOT NOIR
ROGUE VALLEY TINTO
ROGUE VALLEY SYRAH
ROGUE VALLEY MATADOR
COLUMBIA VALLEY RED
2012 WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT BLANC
Vineyard: Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Production: 182 cases | Price: $16
The Details: After two cool vintages in a row, 2012 was refreshingly warm. For our white wines we make our picking decisions based on acidity, not sugar level in order to create the bright clean wine we enjoy. Our 2012 Pinot Blanc was whole cluster pressed then fermented in 70% Stainless Steel and 30% Neutral Oak barrels. Three different yeast strains were used to ferment this wine in order to add complexity in aroma, flavor and texture. The wine was aged sur lees for 6 months with lees stirring only during fermentation. This wine pairs really well with crab and other shellfish.
2012 COMMUTER CUVEE PINOT NOIR
Vineyard: Too many to name
Production: 2,585 cases | Price: $16
The Details: This wine is all about the bright fresh purity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir! We age the wine 7.5 months on its lees and rack it directly to tank just prior to bottling. Only 10% new French Oak is used in this wine. The remaining 90% of the barrels were used at least twice before. Bright and juicy with sweet spice, earth and loads of red and black raspberry fruit. This is a wine for early consumption but will easily age a few years.
2011 DUNDEE HILLS PINOT NOIR
Vineyard: Anderson Family Vineyard
Production: 120 cases | Price: $30
The Details: We started these (Eola-Amity Hills & Dundee Hills) single AVA bottlings because we find them to be both unique and typical of the AVA where the grapes were grown. In the Dundee Hills the vines grow on a deep volcanic soil known as “Jory”, wines from the Dundee Hills tend to be more about “the pretty” than the “powerful”. The grapes were fermented in small 1.5 ton fermenters and aged 18 months in French oak barrels (30% new barrels). This wine is full of floral aromas with red cherry, raspberries, and sweet & savory spices. The palate is broad and lush with fine tannins throughout. This wine is best consumed within the next 5-8 years.
2010 EOLA-AMITY HILLS PINOT NOIR
Vineyard: Bjornson and Zenith
Production: 125 cases | Price: $30
The Details: In the Eola-Amity region, the vines grow on shallow volcanic soil called “Nekia”. The shallow soils and cooler windy growing area combine to produce Pinot Noir with a darker fruit profile, and with more acidic and tannic structure. The grapes were fermented in small 1.5 ton fermenters and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (30% new barrels). This two vineyard blend is full of black raspberry and cherry aromas, along with wet earth, slate and sweet spice. These wines will usually take a little more time to show their best and will easily age 10+ years.
2010 WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR
Vineyard: Anderson Family, Bjornson, Blakeslee, Cherry Grove and Zenith
Production: 750 cases | Price: $24
The Details: The Willamette Valley label is a blend of five vineyards from all over the valley. What we hope to produce is a wine that shows the harmony that can come from blending wines made from grapes across the Willamette Valley. The nose is full of dusty black and red cherries with sarsaparilla and spice. On the palate there is a spectrum of cherries from bright Rainier to Bing to Black cherries with earth and black tea notes. Texturing tannins add structure to the long sweet finish.
2010 CUVEE DES AMIS PINOT NOIR
Vineyard: Anderson Family, Bjornson, Cherry Grove, Lia’s and Zenith
Production: 100 cases | Price: $36
The Details: The 2010 Cuvee des Amis Pinot Noir is a special selection of what we think is this best and most representative of the vintage. We make it as an ongoing homage to our “Friends”. The paradigm for this wine is a delicate balance between elegance and intensity, with complexity and length. The 2010 vintage wine hits the mark perfectly with the added structure to easily age 8-10 years.
2011 ROGUE VALLEY TINTO
Vineyard: Delfino, Meadowlark Hill and Paradox (all Rogue Valley)
Production: 350 cases | Price: $18
The Details: The 2011 Tinto is a blend of 58% Tempranillo and 42% Syrah. The goal with the “Tinto” is to make a wine that has the structure and earthiness of “Old World” wines with some of the sweet fruit that is prevalent in “New World” wines. The Tempranillo is all about herbs, earth, dried cherries, and abundant tannins. The Syrah brings in lush and intense blueberry fruit with aromas of bacon. This is a fun wine that is meant for the dinner table or the backyard barbecue. We make this wine so that it is ready to drink but it will easily cellar for 3-6 years.
2010 ROGUE VALLEY SYRAH
Vineyard: Meadowlark Hill and Paradox Vineyard (Rogue Valley)
Production: 100 cases | Price: $22
The Details: The 2010 Rogue Valley Syrah is a blend of two vineyards in the Rogue Valley that all sit above 2,000 feet in elevation. At this elevation we get slower ripening, resulting in a more aromatic (and dare I say French style) and pretty style of Syrah. We also get lots of wind in the upper elevations resulting in thicker skins and more tannin and color. The nose has blueberry fruit, smoke, and violet. The palate is rich yet bright with boysenberry added to the abundant blueberry flavors. Bacon and sweet spice are also there with a fair amount of tannin that balances this unctuous wine. The finish is sweet blueberry liqueur textured with tannin, lengthy but asking for some food (or time in the bottle) to smooth out the finishing tannin. This wine will easily cellar for 8-10 years.
2010 ROGUE VALLEY MATADOR
Vineyard: Meadowlark Hill and Paradox Vineyard (Rogue Valley)
Production: 75 cases | Price: $30
The Details: The “Matador” is a blend of 2/3 Syrah, 1/3 Tempranillo. These barrels were selected for concentration, complexity and the balance of old and new world character. The regions of Navarra and Priorat are the influences for this wine. It has deep meaty flavors, abundant yet appropriate tannins, big black and blue fruits, and massive concentration. This wine is built to last, it can easily cellar 10+ years.
2010 COLUMBIA VALLEY RED
Vineyard: We would like to tell you but my attorney says I can’t
Production: 585 cases | Price: $15
The Details: Since 2004 I have been doing a “negociant” blend that I simply call “RED”. This blend is always composed of Bordeaux varietals, the composition changes with every bottling. The 2010 version is 62% Merlot, 33.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4.5% Cabernet Franc, all from various vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley. As with all of my wines I seek to blend a wine that is a little more savory and structured than most new world wines and a bit more fruit forward than old world style wine. A wine that is enjoyable on its own but is enhanced when consumed with food.