FURIOSO WINES

2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir

 

“If ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”. We believe that in past years we nailed the perfect recipe for our Furioso Rosé: 100% Pinot Noir grapes, picked early to offer a juicy acidity. The grapes are quickly whole-cluster pressed and the juice is barrel fermented in neutral French oak. Some “saignée” wine (drained from our red fermenters at a judicious time) is later added to the pressed fraction to deliver this beautifully colored, dry but fruity-floral Rosé.

Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Production: 325 cases Price: $32 Buy this wine

Production Notes
Varietal Pinot noir
Appellation Yamhill-Carlton
Harvest Date 9/13/19
Barrel Aging 4 months in neutral French oak barrels
Bottling Date 3/20/20
Alcohol 13.5

 2019 Tocai Friulano

 

Only our second release of estate-grown Tocai Friulano! The fruit is from our estate Trovato Vineyard outside the small hamlet of Yamhill in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where less than an acre is planted with this unique Italian white varietal. Originating in the southwest of France where it is known as Sauvignonasse or Sauvignon Vert, it eventually found its perfect home in the northeast of Italy. There, its full name became Tocai Friulano, which explains why it is often confused with the sweet Tokay (or Tokaji) from Hungry; so, spoiler alert, our 2019 Tocai Friulano is bone dry!

 

Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Production: 69 cases produced.  Price: SOLD OUT
This is a Wine Club Only allocated wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

If you enjoyed our 2018 Friulano, you are going to love the new edition of this unusual white Italian varietal grown on our Trovato Vineyard in Yamhill. Who needs to go to the Caribbean Islands when you can get a wine so packed with tropical fruit notes and lusciousness? Its sleek acidity and brightness will be a perfect pairing for an ocean sunset…even if it is on your flat screen TV.

Production Notes
Varietal Tocai Friulano
Appellation Yamhill-Carlton
Harvest Date 9/16/19
Barrel Aging 4 months in neutral French oak barrels
Bottling Date 3/20/2020
Alcohol 13.0

2018 Piano Piano Chardonnay

“Piano Piano” is a term that instructs musicians to play “softly softly”. It’s also the beginning of an Italian saying Giorgio heard often from his Mamma Anna when Giorgio was … rambunctious … as a child. She would say, “Giorgio! Piano, piano. Chi va piano va sano e va lontano.” Giorgio! Slowly, slowly, he who goes slow and steady lives a long life. Produced with Burgundy in mind, this wine reflects the lower alcohol, higher acidity style appreciated by both foodies and Francophiles, alike.

Estate Trovato Vineyard
Yamhill-Carton, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Total Production: 2 barrels (55 cases) Price: $68
This wine is only available to Wine Club members.

 

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

I believe that one of the best Furioso wines I have ever made was our 2015 Chardonnay. I really dig those more mature and complex aromatics that Chardonnay gets when it is aged on fine lees for an extended period of time. For those of you lucky enough to know what I am talking about, here comes our 2018 Piano Piano Chardonnay. Made from our very own estate grapes on our new vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton (Trovato), this wine slowly (“piano” in Italian) evolved for 17 months in two neutral barriques. This small production (55 cases) will delight Chardonnay aficionados, or may open your mind to what else Chardonnay can be.

Production Notes

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Varietal/ Chardonnay
Appellation Yamhill-Carlton
Harvest Date 9/8/2018
Barrel Aging 17 months in neutral French oak barrels.
Bottling Date 3/20/2020
Alcohol 13.4
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2018 Chardonnay – Trovato Vineyard

 

Finally! This 2018 vintage is our very first estate Chardonnay! Picked early to preserve a zesty acidity, the wine was naturally fermented in neutral French oak and aged in these same barriques for over ten months before bottling. On the nose, the wine is very expressive and shows bright stone fruit with notes of lilac and pear. On the palate, the taste is supple and polished, offering an elegant structure that leads to a clean finish teeming with minerals and wet stone-like flavors.

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

“Plenty of very attractive aromas of ripe nectarines and peaches here, framed in gently savory elements. The palate has a very succulent, fresh feel with a smooth, juicy impression at the finish. Drink or hold.” 93pts | JamesSuckling.com

Production: 320 cases Price: $48 Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

On the nose, the wine is very expressive and shows bright stone fruit with notes of lilac and pear. On the palate, the taste is supple and polished, offering an elegant structure that leads to a clean finish teeming with minerals and wet stone-like flavors.

Production Notes
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Yamhill-Carlton
Harvest Date 09/08/2018
Barrel Aging 10 months in neutral French oak barriques
Bottling Date 09/04/19
Alcohol 13.4%
pinot noir wine

2017 La Linea Pinot Noir

 

Every attention to detail has been given crafting our flagship wine, La Linea Furioso Pinot Noir. Using the best grapes from the best blocks in our estate vineyard, we carefully guided the fermentation process to extract the most delicate tannins and preserve the complex aromatics of the fruit. The wine was then aged for ten months in some of the most prestigious french barrels available before being bottled..

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

“This has a savory twist to the nose with earthy elements, woody notes, roses and stony minerally nuances, across bright red cherries. The palate has a neatly defined feel with very centrally focused fruit, in elegant style. Drink or hold.” 93pts | JamesSuckling.com

Production: 173 cases Price: $83 Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

A little shy with its look, this wine will surprise you with its perfumy complex nose of fresh raspberry, violet and sweet spice. In the mouth, the wine is gracefully expressive with cherry and blueberry flavors paired with some elusive notes of blood orange. The palate displays a delicate structure and delivers extremely polished tannins. This 2017 version of La Linea is really showing its feminine streak here. With every sip of this wine, Winemaker Dom Mahé thinks of Lauren Bacall: Classy and elegant, but with those penetrating piercing eyes, not so different to the vibrant intensity that this wine has to offer. Enjoy with a Porcini mushroom risotto or a grilled pork tenderloin with plums. It will also work well as a sipping wine while watching “The Big Sleep”.

 

Production Notes
Varietal Pinot noir
Appellation Dundee Hills
Harvest Date

9/16, 9/23, 9/26, 9/29/17

Barrel Aging 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new
Bottling Date 8/31/17
Alcohol 13.1
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2017 L’Altra Pinot Noir

 

Our 2017 L’Altra is the true expression of our estate Furioso Vineyard here in Dundee. Picked at the optimum balance of sugar and acid, the grapes from these old Pinot noir vines were 100% destemmed and naturally fermented in small 2-ton stainless steel tanks. A judicious combination of pump-overs and punch-downs proved successful in gently extracting the delicate tannins and complex aromas from the grape skins. Free-run and press fractions were kept separate and the wine was then aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% of which were new. It was during that time in our cellar that the wine spontaneously underwent its secondary fermentation, contributing to the wine delicate texture. After nearly 8 months in the bottle, the 2017 L’Altra Pinot Noir is now ready to drink.

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

US BEST PINOT NOIRS 2019 – Wine & Spirits Magazine

“This estate wine is pungently aromatic, like a spice box filled with cinnamon and cut tobacco. Yet the flavors are mouthwatering and pure, the cherry fruit framed in dusty mineral tannins that provide tension and grip; for duck confit.” 93 pts

 

“This wine has a very impressive and concentrated feel with such poise and purity, whilst delivering concentrated dark cherries in abundance. There’s a lot of wine here, all delivered with such impressive balance and style. Drink or hold.” 94 pts | James Suckling

 

Production: 675 cases Price: $53  Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

After over 8 months in the bottle, this little gem is ready for her grand entrance. On the nose the wine has notes of blackberry, black cherry and cinnamon. In the mouth, velvety tannins are complimented by the natural acidity from the grapes which carries the wine to a gratifying finish.

Production Notes
Varietal Pinot noir
Appellation Dundee Hills
Harvest Date

9/16, 9/23, 9/26, 9/29/17

Barrel Aging 10 months in neutral French oak barrels, 25% new
Bottling Date 9/5/18
Alcohol 13.1

2018 L’Altra Pinot Noir

 

Rain and cooler temperatures in spring slowed down the beginning of the 2018 season. Budbreak did not occur till mid-April but thanks to warmer temperatures in late spring, the vines caught up and flowering happened early June. As a whole, summer was warmer than average but with no heat spikes (ie: above 100 F) which would have caused the vines to shut down. Veraison (berries changing color) started on August 4th and led to a healthy and steady ripening of the clusters. Harvest was sunny and dry, and we even saw some cooler nights which helped to keep the natural acidity of the grapes. Altogether, 2018 had the potential to be one of the best quality harvests in the Willamette Valley. Our hearts, though, were with our fellow winegrowers in southern Oregon who suffered badly from the wildfires that year causing smoked-taint grapes.

“Very fresh aromas of roses and raspberries with fresh red flowers here, in a very floral style with plenty of sliced strawberries and wild cherries, too. The same fruit package follows in fresh, flavorful mode on the palate, sitting in tangy, juicy, fleshy and really energetic mode. Drink or hold.” 93pts | JamesSuckling.com

 

Production: 647 cases Price: $48  Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

On the nose, this 60% Pommard, 40% Dijon clones Pinot displays fresh aromas of cranberry, crushed strawberries, and hints of violet. Bright and vibrant in the mouth, the finish brings an extra layer of dusty spice, while the fine, dry tannins will make your taste buds salivate. Graceful while stern, this newly released wine is a classic example of a Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.

Production Notes
Varietal Pinot noir
Appellation Dundee Hills
Harvest Date 8/30,9/9, 9/12/16
Barrel Aging 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new
Bottling Date 8/31/17
Alcohol 13.1
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 2018 Pietro Pinot Noir

 

Another exciting landmark for Furioso Vineyards! This 2018 Pietro is our very first Pinot Noir released from the Trovato Vineyard, our estate property in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. This Pinot Noir is a blend of nine different blocks of vines, representing as many different different clones – from the classic Pommard and Dijon clones to newly selected cultivars such as Mt. Eden and Swan. After having been handpicked at optimum maturity, the clusters were destemmed and naturally fermented. The wine was subsequently aged in French barrels (25% new) for 10 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The diversity of Pinot Noir clones used creates a complex wine which is stylistically different from the Pinot Noirs produced on our estate Furioso Vineyard in Dundee. Although less than ten miles apart, the Trovato terroir (an old marine sedimentary soil called Willakenzie) produces a more structured wine with predominantly cooking spice and dried herbs aromatics. As with all Furioso wines, this bottle was made to be cellared and will continue to evolve in the bottle for up to 10 years. To enjoy this wine young, it should be decanted before serving and would be a wonderful pairing for a New York hanger steak with Chanterelle mushrooms and a parsnip purée.

“A very sultry nose with savory, flinty notes, as well as crushed violets and attractive blueberries, red berries, and cherries. Some cocoa powder, too. The palate has a very complete, mouth-filling style with such attractive, vibrant fruit flavors in teh cherry and red-plum zone. Long, noble tannins. Drink or hold.” 94pts | JamesSuckling.com

Production: 609 cases Price: $45  Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, Winemaker:

Although less than ten miles apart, the Trovato terroir (an old marine sedimentary soil called Willakenzie) produces a more structured wine with predominantly cooking spice and dried herbs aromatics. As with all Furioso wines, this bottle was made to be cellared and will continue to evolve in the bottle for up to 10 years. To enjoy this wine young, it should be decanted before serving and would be a wonderful pairing for a New York hanger steak with Chanterelle mushrooms and a parsnip purée.

Production Notes
Varietal Pinot noir
Appellation Yamhill-Carlton
Harvest Date 9/14/2018
Barrel Aging 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new.
Bottling Date 9/6/2019
Alcohol 13.3%
pinot noir wine

 2017 Vincenzo Pinot Noir

 

This is the very first release of a new Pinot Noir from our Dundee Hills estate Furioso Vineyard. Please welcome Vincenzo, named after Giorgio’s father and grandfather. The 2017 Vincenzo delivers aromas of plum, violet, and cinnamon spice which carry over to the palate. There, it will open up to more complex flavors of Bing cherry, herbal tea, and cedar. The wine is nicely structured, with a moderate acidity and a seamless integration. This wine will definitely improve with age and can be cellared for a couple of years to reach its peak, or decanted before serving if opened earlier. This wine will find its perfect companion in the shape of roasted duck in a peppercorn reduction.

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

“This has attractive purity and definition on both the nose and palate with red fruit that’s framed in light spices and rose-like perfume. The palate is neatly defined and delivers a fresh array of red cherries. Good poise here. Drink or hold.”  93 pts | James Suckling

Production: 100 cases Price: $94  Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

This first release of a new Pinot noir line from our Dundee estate, the 2017 Vincenzo delivers aromas of plum, violet and cinnamon spice, which carry over to the palate. From there, it will open-up to more complex flavors of Bing cherry, herbal tea, and cedar. The wine is nicely structured, with a moderate acidity and a seamless integration. This wine will continue to improve with age, and we encourage cellaring for a couple more years in order to allow this Vincenzo to reach its full potential. We recommend decanting before serving if opened in its youth. This wine will find its perfect companion in the pairing of roasted duck in a peppercorn reduction.

Production Notes
Varietal Pinot noir
Appellation Dundee Hills
Harvest Date

9/16/17

Barrel Aging 10 months in neutral French oak barrels, 25% new
Bottling Date 9/5/18
Alcohol 13.1
sparkling wine

 2017 Spirito Brut Rosé

 

We are very excited to release to our very first sparkling! This Brut Rosé from the 2017 vintage is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, from two vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Both still wines were barrel fermented before the liqueur de tirage was added, and the bottles rested for 19 months on the yeast, to produce a true Méthode Champenoise sparkling wine.

23 months in tirage, our second disgorgement took place on January 21st. Look out for future releases of this méthod Champenoise sparkling wine so you can taste for yourself how it will evolve with more extended lees contact.

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Production: 500 cases Price: $65  Buy this wine

Tasting Notes

Dominique Mahé, our Winemaker:

Salmon pink in color, our first méthode Champenoise sparkling wine offers bright floral aromatics with pure notes of apricot and sharp green apple. In the mouth, it delivers an extra layer of raspberry while the fine bubbles burst into a creamy mouthfeel which leads to a refreshing finish. Perfectly balanced, this “spirited” sparkling rosé will be a great pairing for any celebration.

Production Notes
Varietal 80% Pinot noir, 20% Chardonnay
Appellation Willamette Valley
Harvest Date

9/16/17

Barrel Aging 10 months in mixture of new and neutral French Oak
Disgorgement Date 9/23/19
Alcohol 12.1