Jean Nicolas Méo and Jay Boberg first met in 1988 in the USA and stayed close friends over the next 20 years sharing their enjoyment of wine and music. In 2011, the two finally connected and committed to building a new project in Oregon. We are glad they did because Jay had been drinking Oregon Pinots since 1983 so he knew the area and Jean had visited IPNC in the early 90’s and also was encouraged by Veronique Drouhin to explore the region and vineyards.
Jean has spent the last 30 years working four Grand Cru vineyards and 10 Premier Cru vineyards in Burgundy. So what did they do once the handshake for this new project was complete? They started visiting vineyards together. With dozens of visits throughout the hills of Willamette Valley and numerous single vineyard tastings in their notes, it was a blind tasting of 20 different barrels that illuminated the exceptional quality from the Bishop Creek Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.
At the time, buying a vineyard was not an important goal for starting this new label. But when Jay and Jean found out Bishop Creek was for sale they could not pass up a chance to lock down that terroir as their primary component. So, wisely, they did.
While Bishop Creek is represented in the ‘Red Vinyl’ blend, there are also grapes harvested from Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, and the Dundee Hills, almost exclusively from biodynamic, organic, and LIVE certified vineyards. Aged in 22% new oak, this wine starts off fleshy with a pop of cherry pie. After 25-30 minutes, it firms up and becomes a drinking champion. Pair with cedar plank salmon, pork roast, grilled wild mushroom and burrata bruschetta, and green lentil curry. 500 cases made.