Explore Oregon Wines: Wineries | Varietals | AVAs | Cellar 503 Selections

Croft Vineyards

Croft Vineyards 2017 Semillon

Double Gold Medal

As the third generation, Chancy & Toni's Grandson, John and his partner, Amber, are currently studying to become the family's future winemakers. They are enthusiastic about learning to craft organic grapes into high-quality wines using natural techniques. Together, they also manage Stomp tasting room, the family cherry orchard, special events, as well as selling and distributing wines. With John's outdoor leadership experience and education, he has developed a river trail from the Willamette river to the tasting room for Wine Circle members to explore and enjoy. Amber uses her business and culinary education to passionately source and prepare local, organic ingredients for the tasting room menu that pair perfectly with Croft Vineyards' wines. John and Amber are proud to contribute to the family vineyard and tasting room in a big way. Keeping the work of the business in the family is important to the Croft family legacy.

But it all started with the founders Chancy & Toni Croft... In 1983 a couple from Alaska started a brand new adventure, growing grapes in Oregon. While still working on their respective careers in law and education, the desire to be with the earth, honor it, and coax something lovely from its soil became a serious goal. With a free-spirited entrepreneurial spirit, they investigated the Napa Valley and its northern counterpart, the Willamette Valley. Acreage in Monmouth, Oregon proved to be the best fit for the couple and the adventure began! There were some hilarious, frightening, and light-shedding missteps along the way, all leading to years of growth and discovery. Growth and discovery for their families, the extended clan of Croft supporters, and, of course, the grapes. When asked about the motivation behind difficult and progressive farming decisions, Founder Chancy Croft was known to reply, "It's about the grapes, 'cause all great wines start in the vineyard."

Croft Vineyards

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Croft Vineyards, Salem, Oregon
2017 Semillon

This beautifully cellared white wine really caught our attention and the attention of the judges - showing both incredible power and elegance in flavor and structure. Bright aromatics of dried flowers-potpourri and morel mushroom followed by citrus zest and melon tropical notes. On the palate orange-blossom, straw, floral and oak notes in concert with mango and guava tropical fruit flavors. Overall an elegantly rich mouthfeel that still maintains a zingy finish. An exceptional example of how some grape varieties truly need time and elevage to express it's true potential. Our hats off to revered winemaker Ray Walsh for building this amazing wine and to the Crofts who had he foresight and patience to hold a small quantity back for late release and entry into the competition when it was drinking at its best.

110 Cases Produced

Double Gold - 2023 Oregon Wine Competition

Technical Data

Fermentation: Whole cluster pressed and fermented in a Stainless Steel tank using DV10 Champagne yeasts. Once dry, the wine is transferred to a Concrete Egg and barrels for extra micro-oxidation to enhance texture and varietal development. The wine was then racked, filtered and bottled on Aug 22nd 2018.

Aging: Aged in a Concrete Egg and Barrels on its yeast lees for 10 months

Harvest Date: Oct 19th 2017 Harvest Brix: 21.3 pH at harvest: 3.12 pH at bottling: 3.15 Total acid at bottling: 8.9 Alcohol by volume: 13.2% Residual Sugars: 0.1% Added Sulfites: 28.8ppm at bottling

A Cellar 503 selection in October 2023, Road to Gold Willamette Valley | Sémillon