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The first Oregon winery to sell an Oregon Pinot Noir for more than $200 a bottle. In fact, their Shea and Hyland vineyard bottlings were $300 a bottle.
Michael D. Etzel, son of Beaux Freres winemaker Mike Etzel, led the winemaking for the original Double Zero wines from the 2012 vintage. The wines were made in a very labor-intensive fashion - individual berries snipped off clusters by hand and put directly into oak barrels. When full, the barrels were sealed and fermentation allowed to begin naturally. Michael D. Etzel has since moved on to become the winemaker at Beaux Freres.
The Double Zero Winery subsequently became partially owned by a group of investors led by a Portland attorney Chris Hermann along with Mark Tarlov, the owner of Chapter 24 wines. The group took a long-term lease on Witness Tree Vineyard and plan to slowly increase production of the Double Zero brand. Chardonnay was added as well.
In early 2017, the winery released a second label priced at $119 a bottle, VGR (Very Good Red). This wine is a blend of lots from the fruit harvested for the Double Zero bottlings from Shea, Stardance and Hyland vineyards. Stylistically, it is different from the Double Zero bottlings, in that it is heavily extracted and vinified in high toast new oak barrels.
The winemaker is Lea Lafon, the daughter of noted vigneron Dominque Lafon. The wines are produced at The Carlton Winemakers Studio.