iOTA Cellars

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iOTA” means “small quantity” and represents the winemakers’ focus. Johanna and Don Sandberg moved from Minnesota to Portland in 1999 after a visit in 1998 to scope out the feasibility of growing grapes and making wine, specifically pinot noir, in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. By 2000, they had moved from Portland to “wine country”, living on the future vineyard site to oversee the land development. Lynne and Perry Pelos, relatives and partners of the Sandbergs, lived and worked in Minnesota until summer of 2009, when they made a big move west to California, bringing them physically closer to Oregon. Lynne is directly involved in the vineyard and wine business.

Pinot noir 2011: 100% Pinot Noir. Four clones from: “Pappou” & “Yiayia,” planted to Pommard, “Abino Hill” planted to Wädenswil, “Ana” & “Tonka” planted to Dijon 777 and “Oscar” planted to Dijon 667. 2010 growing season had good fruit set, with small clusters, similar to 2008, yet looser.  Meticulous thinning led to fruit with concentrated flavors, combined with a bright backbone of acidity, while yielding a miniscule 1.25 tons to the acre.  Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this special cuvée was aged for ten months in three year air-dried French oak barrels, 47% new, and received an additional year of bottle aging before release.  402 cases produced.

iOTA wines we feature:

  • Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir, 2011