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Domaine Coteau

Domaine Coteau Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley is one of only a few places on earth where high quality Pinot Noir can be successfully grown. The long and fairly cool growing season, combined with the red volcanic soils of the hillsides within the valley, provide an ideal environment for producing exquisite wine. Dean Sandifer moved from Minneapolis to Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 1994 to purchase land and start a vineyard. The first hillside parcel of land was purchased in 1995 and planted to Pinot Noir in 1996. The first wine was produced in 1998 (and was awarded the Pinot Noir “Best of Class” medal at the San Diego National Wine Competition in 2000). Additional land was added and planted to Pinot Noir in 1998 and 1999. The vineyards currently produce approximately 1,500 cases of wine each year. Burgundy remains the model for growing and making Pinot Noir at Domaine Coteau. The climates of Burgundy and the northern Willamette Valley are nearly identical (except for rainfall). Oregon enjoys “California like” weather during the summer months – sunny without much, if any, measurable rain. Because of this climate similarity many of the viticultural and winemaking practices used in Burgundy have been shown to also work well here in Oregon. Implementation of the Burgundy model (e.g., low yields per acre, high-density vineyards, etc.) has resulted in world-class wines.


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9150 Three Trees Lane, Amity, OR, US, 97101 Email:
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  2002 Domaine Coteau
Ripe, very complex, well balanced, with a dark ruby color and an initial impression on the palate of black fruits (e.g., blackberries, black cherries). This wine is drinking well now and will continue to improve in the bottle for another four to six years.
  2002 Domaine Coteau “Reserve”
This wine packs all the attributes of the 2002 Domaine Coteau – but with additional complexity. In our barrel tastings five barrels stood out as containing exquisite wine. These five barrels were blended and bottled separately. Drinkable now, this wine will gain additional complexity in the bottle over the next four to six years.
  2002 Walnut Hill
This is Domaine Coteau’s value wine. Well-balanced with good complexity and color, this wine is drinking well now and should improve for another year or two. This is a good wine at an exceptional price.
  Domaine Coteau
Aromas of black cherry, cinnamon, spice, and faint vanilla. There are rich, ripe, flavors here. The wine is very well balanced with a juicy but complex finish of fruit and restrained oak. Higher in alcohol than the 2002 vintage, one also gets a slight impression of sweetness within the overall flavor profile. The wine is drinking well now but should continue to improve over the next four to six years.
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