Furioso :: The Wines

As Proprietor Giorgio Furioso was born and raised in Italy and Winemaker Dominique Mahé in Brittany, France, it should come as no surprise that Furioso Vineyards’ ethos of winemaking is firmly and irrevocably rooted in what the French call terroir – “a sense of place”. The grapes from very block of our two 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. Dominique is fond of saying, “I wish you to taste our vineyards, not our winery.”

We promote the resident yeasts of our estate vineyards to spontaneously direct the fermentation of our wines by using just enough sulfur to keep other unwanted spoilage organisms at bay. After aging for 10 months in French oak barrels,  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 Pinot Noir

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, New York; the line that took Giorgio from New York, to Ohio, to 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, terroir-driven 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 Pinot Noir

L’Altra – “the other’ in Italian: some of the other barrels produced from our 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. This is our “vineyard designate” Pinot Noir each vintage.

Unfined, unfiltered, native fermentation – all designed to highlight our light cap management, low sulfur, terroir-driven 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.

 

 

Vincenzo Pinot Noir

Growing up in Italy, Toronto, and Yonkers, New York, Giorgio has fond memories of his Papa and Nono, both named Vincenzo, making wine in the cellar for friends and family. These are the two men who inspired him to want to own a vineyard and make wine – what better way to toast their memory than to make a limited edition bottling in their honor. Every year we take four of our favorite barrels from the Dundee Hills estate Furioso Vineyard and bottle only 100 cases as a tribute to Papa and Nono Vincenzo. When you enjoy this wine, we hope you will raise a glass to your famiglia.

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.

Gina Pinot Noir

The time has come to release a new Pinot Noir from our Trovato Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Named for Giorgio’s Aunt Gina, a close relative who, along with Giorgio’s mother, gave him a fond appreciation for food and family gatherings. This wine presents the elegant and delicate side of our newest and second vineyard with aromas of violets, blackberry and notes of blood orange and tea leaves. Finely grained tannins in the mouth lead to a juicy finish. This wine is not shy and will benefit from a hearty decantation in its youth.

Unfined, unfiltered, native fermentation – all designed to highlight our light cap management, low sulfur, terroir-driven 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.

 

Pietro Pinot Noir

Another exciting landmark for Furioso Vineyards! “Pietro” is the first very Pinot Noir released from Trovato Vineyard, our other estate vineyard in the Willamette Valley’s famed Yamhill-Carlton AVA. This Pinot Noir is a blend of nine blocks of Pinot Noir vines we have there, representing as many different different clones, from the classic Pommard and Dijon clones to newly selected clones such as Mt Eden and Swan. After having been handpicked at optimum maturity, the clusters were destemmed and naturally fermented. The wine is 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 our Dundee Hills AVA Furioso Vineyard wines. Although less than ten miles apart, the Trovato terroir (an old marine sedimentary soil called Willakenzie) is responsible for a more structured wine with predominantly cooking spice and dried herbs aromatics. Still young, the wine should be decanted before serving, but would be a wonderful pairing for a New York hanger steak with chanterelles and a parsnip purée.

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 wine

Chardonnay

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, terroir-driven style appreciated by both foodies and Francophiles, alike.