- BRONZE (2014) International Wine Challenge 2016
About the wine maker
Bordering California to the south and Washington to the north, the state of Oregon has a winemaking history dating back to the 1840s. However, it’s only since the 1970s that its wines have become widely appreciated: particularly when made from varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which prefer cool-climate vineyard sites.
Founded in 2003 by the Black family, with the aim to produce rich, complex wines with the fruit elegantly expressed, The Four Graces has established itself as one of Oregon’s most successful wineries. The wines are hand-crafted in small lots using traditional techniques coupled with the most modern technology available.
Dundee and the vineyards: The winery is located in Dundee, just 40 miles from Portland, and they produce grapes in two vineyard estates: the Black Family Vineyard in the Red Hills of Dundee and The Doe Ridge Estate in the Yamhill-The nurture eight different clones of Pinot Noir in these two vineyard areas which provides plenty of differentiation, noticeable on the complex palate of the wines they produce.
Laurent Montalieu is the winemaker at The Four Graces. Raised in Bordeaux, he graduated from the Institute of Oenology of Bordeaux in 1987 and began working in the region at Château La Tour Blanche. After time spent at Domaine Mumm in California, he moved to Oregon where he has been working since 1996.
Both the vineyard sites are managed with the environment in mind; they both have defined ecological areas that are left for the wildlife in the heart of both sites and both are farmed sustainably. About eight hectares of the Doe Ridge Estate are farmed biodynamically. The vineyards are also Salmon Safe and Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) certified.