ImageaDEL David Adelsheim, a pioneer in the Oregon wine industry, got his start by creating maps designating the prime vineyard zones Yamhill County in 1973 when wine growers rallied to save the county’s hillsides from the encroaching residential development. With his help he assisted in creating the center of Oregon’s wine industry. Being a novice wine maker, he traveled to Burgundy to work as an intern at Lycee Viticole. After learning about the clones that would best work in the area, Dijon clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made their way to Yamhill County. Fast forward to 2012, when David Adelsheim receives the lifetime achievement award for his lifetime of service to the establishment and growth of the Oregon wine industry; a humble start in 1973 has now come full circle.

From working in a small basement winery in 1978 to producing 1,300 cases for commercial release, Adelshiem Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir continues to honor David Adelsheim pioneering spirit.

The 2014 Chehalem Pinot Noir evokes the spirit of the Oregon wine community with its understanding of terrior and viticulture. This pinot noir is made from LIVE-certified, Chehalem Mountains grown fruit: 88% from their estate vineyards, and 12% from their partners.  “We are trying not to get in the way of what the fruit has to offer,” said winemaker Dave Page.  Having a true understanding of the area’s unique characteristic is pivotal in producing a wine that reflects the signature elegance of the Pinot Noir grape. “Our longstanding commitment to the Chehalem Mountains goes back to 1971 when we purchased our first property. We also established the area’s first winery. We now sustainable farm and manage more than 180 estate acres in Chehalem Mountains AVA. We believe is one of the very best regions in Willamette Valley (and perhaps the world) to produce Pinot noir of purity and expression,”said David Adelsheim, Co Founder and President of Adelsheim Vineyard. A visit to Adelsheim is an adventure into the Willamette valley, where sustainability and respect for the grapes and terrior is the guiding principal in creating Adelsheim’s masterful wines.

With classic notes of cocoa nibs, toasted anise seed and black cherry, Breaking Ground offers a trip to Willamette valley in a glass. Light to medium body in the glass with supple acidity and a lovely lingering finish, this Pinot Noir is the perfect pairing for Salmon or a chocolate mousse. At $45 a bottle this wine is well worth it’s humble price point. For more information click here:

Cuisineist Tasting Panel :   94 Points July 2016