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Hanson Vineyards

Hanson Vineyards 2014 Pinot Blanc

Let the grapes work their magic

With all the attention paid to the west side of the Willamette Valley, it can be easy to overlook what’s happening on the east side of the Valley. If you did, you’d miss one of the gems.

Winemaker Jason Hanson’s family has been farming the same plot of land in Woodburn for close to a hundred years. Their first official foray into winemaking began in this century, but their history with grapes is much longer. During Prohibition, Jason’s great-grandfather had a substantial planting of concord and Niagara grapes which he sold throughout the area for “less than legal purposes”.

His father, Clark Hanson had been a hobbyist winemaker for years, but it was Jason’s return from the political scene in Washington DC that turned the hobby into a fully functioning winery. Jason’s winemaking philosophy is simple – grow good quality grapes, pick them by hand, put them in a barrel, and the grapes will do the rest.

Stay tuned for a new experiment: The Hansons have planted grapes indigenous to Russia in hopes of making wine for their friends and neighbors in the Russian community in Woodburn. We can’t wait to try it. Exciting!

Hanson Vineyards

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Hanson Vineyards, Woodburn, Oregon
2014 Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc has a complicated history.

For years, it was confused with Chardonnay as the grapes look very similar on the vine. Winemakers treated it similarly and overwhelmed the delicate flavors and aromas with oak. In Oregon, acres of Melon de Bourgogne vines were mislabeled as Pinot Blanc until scientists at UC Davis spotted the error in the 1980s.

Hanson’s Pinot Blanc is bone dry, with snappy acidity, and a lovely depth of flavor. Aromas of almonds, lime, pear and fresh cut herbs emerge as soon as you open the bottle. There are fresh citrus flavors and a long, crisp, lime rickey finish. Pairs well with lobster, crab or scallops for your Valentine’s Day feast!

Just 45 cases produced.

A Cellar 503 selection in February 2016, Wines to Warm Your Heart Willamette Valley | Pinot Blanc