Founded in 2001 by four friends from two families, Cheryl Francis, Sam Tannahill and Bill and Deb Hatcher. As a négoçiant, A to Z specializes in blending wines to achieve richness, harmony and complexity that will express the essence of Oregon through each varietal.
The 2013 A to Z Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from over 70 different vineyards across Oregon and approximately 100 different fermentations. The result is a ripe and powerful wine with tannins and acid to keep it all in check.
Pinot Noir – This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.