Among the underappreciated legacies of the Fries family of Duck Pond Cellars fame is Coles Valley Vineyard near Sutherlin, Ore., in the Umpqua Valley. Second-generation grower Greg Fries took a special sense of pride in this planting, which is viewed by some as Oregon’s first commercially farmed vineyard to remove the use of the pesticide glyphosate, which led to its receiving the Clean Label Project Purity Award. Denver-based Integrated Beverage Group purchased Coles Valley Vineyard and Duck Pond’s Dundee facility in 2018, and this bottling represents the Oregon contribution to its young LifeVine Cellars portfolio that includes Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from California. Among the other features of this young brand is listing dietary information on the bottle (121 calories and 3.3 grams of carbohydrates per 5-ounce serving.) And the wine is no simple drink. Rather, it opens with aromas of earthiness and leather that give way to Montmorency cherry, boysenberry and a touch of blueberry. Bright blue fruit takes the lead on the palate, presented in a bright, delicate and pleasing style. These wines by IBG are also available at Total Wine & More.
Production: 15,000 cases