Granville is part of the new crop of 2nd generation wineries, where the children of Oregon’s Wine Industry pioneers have come of age and entered the market with their own creations.
In this case, the story begins with Alan Holstein who planted Pinot Noir vines on a prime piece of property in the Dundee Hills and named his plot the Holstein Vineyard. Alan chose not to embark into the winemaking side of things, focusing instead on becoming the best viticulturalist he could. In fact, he so perfected the art, he became a much sought-after consultant for many important Willamette Valley vineyards.
Fast-forward to 2014, and his fledgeling son Jackson – with a couple years of winemaking apprenticeship in Australia under his belt – has decided to start a label of his own. You might expect that Jackson would have benefitted from many advantages with his father being who he is – and he may have in some ways, but this was by no means handed to him on a silver platter. Jackson’s own work ethic is a major factor here, and he still has to “lease” the vineyard from his Dad.
The inaugural wines were absolutely fantastic and there is a lot of promise here as a true emerging gem. Jackson’s self-imposed sky-high standards shines through in the product. The wine is as friendly and easy-going yet precise and uncompromising as he is.
With his Chardonnay, Jackson is attempting (and thus far succeeding) to strike that perfect balance between the lean, linear, focused Chardonnay style that Oregon is becoming known for, with just the right amount of roundness and weight to make the wine assertively announce its presence. It is not oaky or buttery but does bring a little butterscotch and sweet almond to the table.