15765 SW Muddy Valley Rd.
McMinnville OR 97128
260 ac – 96.000 bt
Coin Prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent excellent value.
Moe Momtazi and his wife Flora fled to the US to escape post-revolution Iran in 1982. Fueled by fond memories of his father’s home winemaking and summers spent working on his grandfather’s tea and rice plantation, Momtazi purchased an abandoned wheat farm near McMinnville. The family planted the first Pinot Noir vines on their property in 1998. Today, his eldest daughter, Tahmiene Momtazi, makes the wines while her sisters, Naseem and Hannah, assist with sales and events. Maysara is a Farsi term that translates to “house of wine.”
Located in the McMinnville AVA in the Coast Range foothills, Momtazi Vineyard has a mix of sedimentary and volcanic soils with an underlying layer of basalt. The vineyard is planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Riesling and farmed biodynamically. When Momtazi bought the property, he built two large irrigation reservoirs which he stocked with trout and bass to serve as biological monitors of the water’s purity. A beacon of diversity, the 532-acre property has dense pockets of coniferous forest and ancient oaks that provide a habitat for their favorite form of rodent control: hawks.
The Asha Pinot Noir 2012 opens with dark cherry notes and a hint of cocoa. Made from the first vines planted back in 1998, the wine offers a generous core of brambly black fruit with a velvety finish. A third of the profits from Maysara’s Immigrant Pinot Noir 2015 go to programs supporting refugees. The wine has beautiful earthy aromatics with a hint of rose petals and dried herbs and full cherry-rich flavors. “Arsheen” Pinot Gris 2017 (Slow Wine) is a lively, and fruit-forward wine, with aromas of green apple, apricots and a hint of wild herbs backed by a zesty citrus finish.
FERTILIZERS compost, manure
PLANT PROTECTION biodynamic preparations
WEED CONTROL mechanical, mowing
YEASTS spontaneous fermentation
GRAPES 100% estate-grown
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