‘‘A love for Pinot Noir and the desire to get back to the land brought Dr. Robert Gross, his wife Comine and their three children to Oregon in 1976″
After finding a 100-acre horse farm with grape-growing potential, the couple planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the slopes of Cooper Mountain, just west of Portland. With expertise in natural medicine, Gross pursued holistic farming practices early on and became a leader in the wine industry for organic and biodynamic production. More than 40 years later, the family business is co-led by founder Robert and his daughter Barbara Gross.
The four estate vineyards — with the oldest planted in 1978 — have been farmed certified organic and biodynamic since 1999, when Cooper Mountain Vineyards became the first biodynamic certified estate in the Pacific Northwest. Surrounded by forest, the hillside vineyards focus on four varietals: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc. In 2004, the family planted 2.5 acres of Tocai Friulano at their warmer Johnson School vine- yard and two acres of Gewürztraminer in 2010. In addition to embracing permaculture, the vineyard has plant (wheat, sunflowers) and animal diversity with resident chickens and Norwegian goats to keep the vines company.
For purity of fruit, the Life Pinot 2017 is a no-sulfites-added wine that strikes a chord with opulent aromas of black currant and dried cherries followed by juicy blueberry and red fruit flavors. The Old Vine Chardonnay 2014 is made with fruit vines planted in 1978 and has lively honeysuckle and tropical fruit aromas and lemon curd on the finish.
Estate Pinot Noir 2014
A blend from four vineyards, this wine is beautifully balanced on the palate with black fruit flavors and earthy, forest floor aromas.