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Seven of Hearts Wine

Seven of Hearts Wine 2020 Barbera

For the love of France, here in Oregon

Whether it’s latitude, climate, or topography, it’s clear that Oregon’s wine country has much in common with some of the great wine regions of France. But it’s rare to find a winemaker as committed as Byron Dooley to making wine in the French style.

Byron’s approach is to use French varietals and classic French winemaking techniques. He sources his grapes from more than a dozen vineyards in the Willamette and Columbia Valleys, going so far as to select specific rows of grape vines that have particular characteristics that he’s looking for.

He may be sourcing the grapes from numerous vineyards, but Byron is certainly not hands-off. He directs the cultivation and harvesting methods to match his vision for the French style wines he intends to make. And then, once he’s got his hands on the grapes, his approach is minimalist and traditionally French.

Byron’s Bordeaux varietals (Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) and Tannat appear in his Chateau Figareaux line, while his Rhône varietals (Viognier, Rousanne, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) appear in the Seven of Hearts Chatte d’Avignon line.

Seven of Hearts Wine

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Seven of Hearts Wine, Carlton, Oregon
2020 Barbera

Though most of Byron Dooley’s inspiration for winemaking comes from the heart of France, he has a special place in his heart for the Piedmont region of Italy — a mountainous region in northwestern Italy along the French border.

Barbera, sadly, makes up only a tiny percentage of wine produced in North America. With good natural acidity, it is a fabulous food wine.

Fortunately for us, it has found a home in the Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, along the banks of the Columbia River Inspired by classic Barberas of the Piedmont region, Byron uses only neutral oak barrels to ensure that the freshness and rich dark fruit of the varietal is fully expressed.

Enjoy this wine with your favorite pasta, pizza, or steak on the grill. Just 123 cases produced (a substantial portion of which is reserved exclusively for Cellar 503 members!)

A Cellar 503 selection in August 2022, Italian Varietals Columbia Valley | Barbera