Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winemaker: Jerry Sass Sass Winery is producing small amounts of handcrafted, superpremium quality pinot noir, pinot gris, pinot blanc and chardonnay. The vineyard, first planted in 1989, is in the hills of South Salem, facing east and south, at a gently rolling elevation of 480-530 feet. The soils are a well-drained red clay. The vines are closely spaced at 1,800 to the acre and are naturally farmed. The winery was built in 1995, sunk partly into the hillside so that the crush pad is 5 feet above the winery floor, allowing gravity, not pumps, to power the harvest. “We will not expand production past 4,500 cases because we believe that the finest wines are handmade and we want our vineyard to fully express the complex yet elegant power of its terroir.” Shelftalkers  Winery Website 
sass-logoPinot Blanc, Willamette Valley
Alsatian in style, with vibrant, rich aromas and flavors of melon, stone fruit, pears, and tropical fruit burst on the front and midpalate. It’s racy, complex and goes well with a huge range of foods. Only 168 cases made.
sass-pgrisPinot Gris, Willamette Valley
Flavors and aromas start with apple, pear, a bit of pie spice, and finish with a bit of citrus zing. A rich, ripe texture and lingering finish. Fruit from our estate vineyards, Wild Winds and Walnut Ridge. It’s serious pinot gris but still just plain yummy fun. Fermented in stainless steel; some whole-cluster pressed, some destemmed; long, cool fermentation; lees stirred; partial malolactic fermentation. 630 cases made.
sass-pnoirPinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Blackberry and black cherry with peppery spice and some earth; silky mouthfeel, great balance, lingering finish. Fine, mature tannins; acidity to age well. 1,500 cases made.
Winemaker Jerry Sass talks about the struggle to keep birds away from the grapes …