Craft Wine Co. is based in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, the Origin and Minimus label doing exactly, well... what they say on the label. Minimus wines, simply put are produced without additives, and Origin wines are varietals from select vineyards that produce profound expressions of those varietals. Strident believers in organic farming, they make their wines naturally, patiently, and with a seemingly endless supply of enological curiosity. Reserving the right to experiment with just about any sort of technique they like, brettanomyces laced whites, intentional reduction, long skin contact, carbonic maceration and just about anything else one can imagine is the order of the day here
Craft Wine Co. Minimus Dijon Free Pinot Noir 2017
Created in the belief that the most significant thing the winery can do to enhance Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley is to increase the genetic diversity of clonal selections here. Every year Chad creates a Pinot Noir from heirloom clones to help raise awareness of the lack of diversity in genetics across the valley. Each wine reflects vintage variation, of course, but also characteristics based on site differences and clonal selection from year to year. Working with heirloom clones across all of wines, every year, they create a bottling of Pinot Noir that is 100% free of Dijon clones. This year, 70% of the fruit for the Dijon-Free Pinot is from Johan Vineyards, offering its saline and savory characters, and the Pommard is from Eola Springs, own-rooted and full of spice and tannin. Together, they create a stunning expression of Pinot Noir, without a Dijon clone in sight.