Johan Vineyards is a relative newcomer in the Oregon Pinot Noir scene, consisting of 65 acres of estate
vineyards on a 175-acre site in the southwestern corner of the Van Duzer corridor just west of Salem. Owner
Dag Johan Sundby, a native Norwegian, came to North America in 2004 to work with Ray McCall, an old friend
and business partner of his father, Nils Dag Sundby. While Sundby and McCall frequently played golf together,
it was the times enjoying Pinot Noir from many prominent Oregon wineries that left an impression on Dag and
led him to partner with his father in founding Johan Vineyards.
Johan Vineyards’ viticulturist and winemaker is Daniel Rinke, who holds a Bachelors Degree in Viticulture from
California State University Fresno. His training included stints at Domaine Alfred in Edna Valley and Rhys
Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 2007 he joined Johan Vineyards as vineyard manager and
The estate vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically. Plantings include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and
Pinot Gris. 95% of the estate grapes are sold to other premium wineries. The first Pinot Noir was released in
2005. The current case production of estate grown and bottled wines is 1,000 cases, moving towards 2,500
cases in the future. I recently sampled the 2006 Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir and was very impressed. This is
a new hound in the race worth betting on.
The Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir was chosen to be poured at this year’s World of Pinot Noir. The wine is
available for sale on the website at www.johanvineyards.com.
2006 Johan Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 670 cases,
$35. Clones 115, 667 and 777.33% whole cluster fermentation, indigenous
yeasts. Aged 16 months in 60% new French oak and bottle aged another 7
months before release in August 2008.
Moderately light garnet color. Very
alluring aromas of freshly crushed berries, oak and allspice. Full compliment
of sweet berries on the palate with impressive richness and length. Appealing
riffs of oak and savory spices. The wine reflects the 2006 vintage with its plush
fruit profile but overripe fruit is not an issue. Very friendly in the mouth and easy to