Furioso :: The Wines
As Proprietor Giorgio Furioso was born and raised in Italy and Winemaker Dominique in Brittany, France, it should come as no surprise that the Furioso Vineyards ethos of winemaking is firmly and irrevocably rooted in what the French call terrior – a sense of place . The grapes from very block of our estate vineyards are fermented and barrel-aged in small lots to maximize our blending options and achieve the highest quality possible, without compromising their unique characteristics.
We promote the resident yeasts of our vineyards to spontaneously direct the fermentation of our wines by using just enough sulfur to keep other unwanted spoilage organisms at bay. After a 10-month aging in French oak, our Pinot Noirs are bottled unfined and unfiltered to maintain their identity and authenticity. As we seek to produce wines which are meant to be enjoyed with food, their natural acidity and tannins will also give them a great potential for aging in your cellar.
La Linea – “the line” in Proprietor Giorgio Furioso’s native Italian: a blood-line; the line that connects his family as they immigrated from Italy, first to Montreal, Canada and then to Yonkers; the line that took Giorgio from New York, to Ohio, then Washington DC, and thence to Oregon — and now connecting our patrons to our Oregon endeavor.
La Linea Pinot Noir is our flagship wine from the Furioso Vineyard in the Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills AVA – our Dundee estate. A barrel select every vintage of our most delicate, finesse-driven barrels, this small production wine showcases the elegance of our mostly own-rooted Pommard clone planted estate vineyard. Unfined, unfiltered, native fermentation – all designed to highlight our light cap management, mild extraction winemaking style.
Like all Furioso wines, low alcohol and higher acidity are our stated desire – to ensure our wines are the perfect partner for great food and great company.
L’Altra – “the other’ in Italian: the other barrels produced from Furioso Vineyard fruit. L’Altra Pinot Noir is by design a bolder, more “masculine” expression of our Dundee estate vineyard. Showcasing the more blue and black-fruited side of the Pinot noir spectrum, this wine exhibits a firmer structure and more juicy tannins than does its more delicate sister, La Linea.
Unfined, unfiltered, native fermentation – all designed to highlight our light cap management, low sulfur, winemaking style.
Like all Furioso wines, low alcohol and higher acidity are our stated desire – to ensure our wines are the perfect partner for great food, awesome company, and stimulating conversation.
Chardonnay – WAIT! Don’t be too hasty to judge! Our Chardonnay fruit comes from our two vineyards in Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley: our estate Furioso Vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA, and our Trovato Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Gifted with moderate climates that are not-so-surprisingly similar to the best Chardonnay growing regions of Burgundy, you won’t find big, tropical, oak-y, buttery Chardonnay in our bottles. Instead, with grapes nurtured in the moderate maritime climate of the northern Willamette Valley, welcome to wines delivering stone fruit, citrus, and mineral-driven complexity.
Our Chardonnay wines are aged in neutral French oak barrels anywhere from 10 to 20 months to enhance the broadness on the palate. Purposely produced with Burgundy in mind, these wines reflect the lower alcohol, higher acidity style appreciated by both foodies and Francophiles, alike.