Address: 328 NE Davis Street Suite 3 McMinnville, OR 97128 Email:schonetalcellars@icloud.com Tel: 503-701-7774

Winery Address: 1722 SW Hwy 18, Suite C McMinnville, OR 97128

SCHÖNETAL CELLARS

Our —  

Story

SchöneTal Cellars is a family-owned pico-producing winery focused on crafting premium pinot noir with minimal intervention.  Playing tribute to our family's German heritage, our name is derived from the "Schöne", meaning beautiful, and "Tal", meaning valley, and when combined, it expresses our view of the Willamette Valley for its bio-diversity, agricultural richness, stunning landscapes and history.

Our wine journey truly began when we moved back to the Willamette Valley (McMinnville) in the early 1990's.  The wine country was still fairly young and I began volunteering my time during harvest.  Asking a lot of questions of the early pioneering winemakers and studying along the way, I looked forwarded to the cold brisk mornings during harvest and the purple stains on my hands.  I never imagined being a winemaker until 2014.  Through developed friendships, we managed to source some of the best Pinot Noir grapes grown from a mature vineyard in the Willamette Valley and SchöneTal Cellars came to life.

The winemaking style is simple but complex in structure.  The foundation is sourcing quality fruit from vineyards that prescribe to sustainability, and sound viticultural practices.  Followed by a diligently managed artisan vinfied process of producing small lots of unfiltered and unfined quality wines that showcase the natural elegance and sensuality of an Oregon pinot noir.  We focus on harvesting the fruit at a time when the flavors have naturally developed in the vineyard, allow fermentation to occur spontaneously from indigenous yeast, manual punchdowns (no pumpovers), and neutral oak barrels for elevage.  

We are always happy to share our story, the journey and we hope you enjoy our wines.  Cheers!

  David Ulbricht 

 
2015 Single Vineyard Meredith Mitchell

SOLD OUT

The Meredith Mitchell Vineyard is a bio-dynamic site located in the McMinnville AVA planted on Marine Sedimentary and Basalt soil. We sourced from block 3 which is 100% Pommard Clone Pinot Noir rooted on it's original root stock. We fermented with 25% whole cluster and aged this wine for 14 months in neutral French Oak barrels.

Vinous Rating - 92 points

2016 Single Vineyard Meredith Mitchell

$65.00/bottle (8 Cases Remaining)

The Meredith Mitchell Vineyard is a bio-dynamic site located in the McMinnville AVA planted on Marine Sedimentary and Basalt soil. For this  vintage we sourced from blocks 2 and 3 which are both 100% Pommard Clone Pinot Noir that's rooted on it's original root stock. We fermented 40% whole cluster and aged this wine for 16 months in neutral French Oak barrels. 

Vinous Rating - 92 points

 
2016 Single Vineyard Hirschy

$50.00/bottle (Our 1st Vintage from this site)

The Hirschy Vineyard is located in the Yamhill Carlton AVA planted on Willakenzie soil. For the '16 vintage we sourced our grapes from block K which is 100% Pommard Clone Pinot Noir planted on the highest side of the vineyard. We fermented 40% whole cluster inclusion and aged for 16 months in neutral French Oak barrels.

Vinous Rating - 93 points

2016 Tochter Cuvee 
2016 Willamette Valley Blend

SOLD OUT

Our Willamette Valley Blend is where we have taken the time to select some of our favorite barrels of the '16 Meredith Mitchell and the '16 Hirschy and made a beautifully classic Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The ratio of the two is about half and half since both sites are 100% Pommard. We did a 40% whole cluster inclusion and aged this wine for 16 months in neutral French Oak barrels.

Vinous Rating - 92 points

Recent Releases (Not Yet  Rated)

2017 Willamette Valley - $45/bottle

A blend from the Hirschy Vineyard and Meredith Mitchell Vineyard. 80% Whole Cluster. 100% Pinot Noir (Pommard clone)

2017 Single Vineyard - Hirschy - $50/bottle

Yamhill Carlton AVA. 100% Pinot Noir (Pommard clone). 80% Whole Cluster. 

2017 Single Vineyard -  Meredith Mitchell - $50/bottle

McMinnville AVA. 100% Pinot Noir (Pommard clone). 80% Whole Cluster. 

2017 zu Ehren von Arlo - $75/bottle

A single barrel selection from the Hirschy Vineyard. 100% Pinot Noir (Pommard clone) and 100% Whole Cluster. Only 24 cases produced.

2017 zu Ehren der Familie - $75/bottle

A single barrel selection from the Meredith Mitchell Vineyard. 100% Pinot Noir (Pommard clone) and 100% Whole Cluster. Only 24 cases produced.

 

$75.00/bottle (Only 5 Cases left)

Our first select wine produced from the Meredith Mitchell Vineyard.  Only 24 cases produced from a selection of wine from two barrels. Brilliant red and displays fresh red/blue fruits, savory herbs and potpourri scents.  Spicy lift and clairty  on a long, focused finished supported by smooth and harmonious tannins. 40% Whole Cluster.

 

Vinous Rating - 94 points.

CONTACT

Office: 328 NE Davis St Suite 3, McMinnville OR 97128

Winery: 1722 SW Hwy 18 Suite C, McMinnville OR 97128

Tel: 503 - 701 - 7774

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