The Yamhill-Carlton AVA, in the far northern reaches of Willamette Valley, was founded in 2004. Often known for producing pinot noir bottlings that are bold and expressive some wine makers look in another direction and create wines of great finesse. Shane Moore of Gran Moraine is one such wine maker. Not only is he making sophisticated pinto noir, but also an exceptionally balanced chardonnay.
Shane Moore, Wine Maker, Gran Moraine
2017 Gran Moraine, Yamhill-Carlton Rosé of Pinot Noir
Quite delicate on color this easy drinker starts with aromas of rose petals, honey suckle, delicate cherry and light citrus notes, backed up by hints of creme fraiche. The slightly creamy texture is balanced by bright acidity and a touch of fine tannin. Flavors of watermelon rind, pear and lime zest lead to a long finish.
2015 Gran Moraine, Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir
Delicate garnet in color with hints of purple. Aromas of mixed berries and earthy notes, hints of leather. Beautiful balance and finesse on the palate. Flavors of fresh plum, cherry, and strawberry are followed by notes of fresh herbs and hints of spice with fine tannin. Great food wine!
2015 Gran Moraine, Yamhill-Carlton Chardonnay
A complex aroma of stone fruits, green apple and creme fraiche with distinct minerality. On the palate this wine offers a stunning balance of fruit, acid, lees, and minerality. Flavors of stone fruit, lime zest, hints of nuts, and a flinty minerality combine in a complex yet refined chardonnay. One of the most exciting wines I’ve had this year.