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Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2021 Gamay Noir

Founder Focus: Dr. Bob Gross

Born in NYC, Bob and his wife traveled west in 1976 with their 3 children in tow. His love of Pinot Noir landed them in Oregon.

It all began with a simple vision: growing grapes in a landscape that inspires. Dr. Robert Gross and his wife Corrine felt so strongly about this vision that they committed completely, despite thriving careers in medicine and social work and a growing family. The beauty of the Coastal Range to the West and the deep connection to the soil they worked each day instilled a farmer’s appreciation for the Willamette Valley and the labor it takes to grow their fruit.

First they were strictly growers, selling their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in the Old Vines Vineyard, as it came to be called. Then in 1987, the family produced a Pinot Noir as their first label from the estate vineyard. Now Cooper Mountain Vineyards produces 7 varietals under 3 labels.

From the beginning, Cooper Mountain embraced holistic farming practices and became a leader in the winemaking industry for organic and biodynamic production. The notion of restoring the land that produces the crops made perfect sense. We take and we give back. In 1995 Cooper Mountain was certified organic by Oregon Tilth and in 1999 earned biodynamic certification from Demeter, the largest biodynamic international certification organization.

Bob lives on one of the vineyard sites and still splits his time between a natural medicine practice and Cooper Mountain. His innovative vision continues to guide his dedicated team.

Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Cooper Mountain Vineyards, Beaverton, Oregon
2021 Gamay Noir

Forest floor fruit. Savory notes of game meats balanced by blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry round out the velvety structure. Rich and multi-dimensional without being too heavy or brooding on the palate.

They say nothing worth having ever comes easy. And Gamay Noir really likes to make us work for it. But in that perfect year, under the perfect set of circumstances, Gamay Noir will reward you with a celestial experience. This wine expresses forest floor fruit. Blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry round out the velvet balanced structure and in her finesse, she compliments a wide array of cuisine, beef, duck, chicken, salmon, lamb.

Gamay Noir is not new to the Willamette Valley, but we are newbies to this varietal. Gamay Noir is Pinot Noir’s fun, lively, sociable sibling who is always last to leave the party. Planted in 2010 on our warmer Johnson School vineyard this wine is light to medium bodied, fruit forward, lush and laced with spice. Drink now for a good time.

A Cellar 503 selection in February 2024, Founder Focus Willamette Valley | Gamay Noir