Winemaker and director of the vineyards is Grant Coulter. Grant grew up as a California surfer peripherally in touch with wine world working in cellars in Napa and Sonoma. Studied Enology & Viticulture at Fresno State. Worked in California and Australia, then in 2007 went to Oregon as assistant winemaker at Beaux Freres, where he stayed for 9 years eventually working up way up to winemaker in 2013. "These years were spent observing the vines and the resulting wines. In the end, I learned that the greatest wines I created were ones where I did not follow common convention, and instead let the wines chart their own course. This solidified my belief in holistic farming practices and allowing the natural process to occur." - Grant Coulter
About Beaux Freres: Named after the French term for "brothers-in-law," Beaux Frères was part of the second wave of the rebirth of the Oregon wine industry, following in the footsteps of pioneers like David Lett and Dick Erath. In 1986, while working as a wholesale wine salesman in Colorado Springs, Colo., Michael Etzel was vacationing in Oregon when he stumbled on an 88-acre pig ranch for sale in northern Willamette Valley. With Parker as an investor, Etzel purchased the ranch and resettled his family from Colorado, working four harvests at Ponzi winery while his vineyards matured.
Willamette Valley, Eola-Amity Hills, Chardonnay "X-Novo"
From vines planted on volcanic and decomposed basalt soils and farmed sustainably, the grapes were harvested in the beginning of September, whole cluster pressed and fermented with native yeasts. Aged for 18 months on the lees in 228L French oak barrels (30% new).