Dundee, Ore., dentist Allen Methven sells fruit to rising stars such as Division Winemaking Co. — Wine Press Northwest’s 2015 Oregon Winery to Watch — but he also holds back some of his top grapes for his own label. His winemaker, Chris Lubberstedt, produced a nose of sweet black cherry, cinnamon sugar on dark toast, freshly turned garden soil and lilac. The drink is deliciously dark in nature with black plum, black cherry and boysenberry. Intense tannins and piercing acidity are swallowed up by the fruit, leading to fascinating spice and earthiness on the finish. The Methvens also are building a long list of recommendations for their 10,000-square-foot wine country VRBO near near Dayton.
Production: 100 cases