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Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2021 Tocai Friulano

Founder Focus: 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 Tocai Friulano

An aromatic treat with peaches, mineral, citrus, and a hint of spice. The rich, dry palate exhibits honeysuckle and cool melon.

We planted 2.5 acres of Tocai Friulano at our warmer Johnson School vineyard in 2004. The esoteric grape of Tocai Friulano is also known as Sauvignon Vert, cousin to much more prolific Sauvignon Blanc and it's a quirky varietal we love.

The wine is an aromatic treat with peaches, mineral, citrus, and a hint of spice. The rich, dry palate exhibits honeysuckle and cool melon and finishes with nicely zippy acids. A perfect wine partner for shellfish and curry. Or it's delightful on its own. Let your quirky flag fly!

Geek Speak: The wine known today as Friulano comes from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy’s northeastern most wine region. Tocai Friulano should not be confused with Tokaji wine or the Tokaj region. There is no known connection between this grape and any of those used in Hungarian Tokaji production. Nor should it be confused with the term Tokay d’Alsace, an outdated (and no longer permitted) synonym for Pinot Gris.

A Cellar 503 selection in February 2024, Founder Focus Willamette Valley | Tocai Friulano