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. Origin Pinot Noir Johan Vineyard 2015
This single vineyard Pinot Noir is truly something special. The Johan Vineyard is one of the coldest growing sites in the valley, with morning fog and cooling ocean air snaking through the Van Duzer corridor directly from the coast. These sea breezes impart a saline character to the fruit, and help to maintain acidity levels. The result is a bright wine, richly layered with vibrant acidity and silky tannins. The 2015 Johan Pinot is pure 943 clone, known for producing deeply colored, highly aromatic wines.