Past, Present and Future Wines Tasted in Celebration of Joe Dobbes' 30 Years of Winemaking
November 21, 2016
Dundee, Oregon, November 21, 2016: Joe Dobbes, Founder, President and Director of Winemaking at Dobbes Family Estate/Wine by Joe, has been honing his craft for 30 years, having started as an apprentice at some of the world’s finest vineyards in Germany and France, and having spent his winemaking career in the Willamette Valley. On a recent Sunday at his winery, Joe took the opportunity to look back as well as forward, with friends, family and fans of his wine and of all he has contributed to the burgeoning Oregon wine industry. Joe led a tasting of 1988 vintage French Burgundies he’d worked on three decades ago, and then shared current selections from those same houses. Joe also tasted his latest 2015 Viognier, 2014 Amelia Rose Cuvee Pinot Noir and 2012 Symonette Vineyard Pinot Noir, which he said, to a certain extent, reflect the influence of his early years in Europe. Joe concluded the event with a barrel tasting of 2016 Joseph Dobbes 30th Harvest Reserve Pinot Noir, a limited production wine to be released in Fall 2017, which is currently being sold on a futures-basis.
“I have always pushed the limits and pursued new clones, varietals and styles as well as explored new and innovative winemaking technology and means of approaching winemaking; not one to follow the rules,” commented Dobbes to the group. “Passions I developed years ago cooking in my grandmother’s kitchen and working with great winemakers in Europe still inspire me today. This year has been one of both reflection and preparation, as we’ve had what appears to be another terrific vintage in Oregon. We have much to look forward to.”
“Joe’s a great winemaker, crafting a wide range of varietals each year for his labels. He started his own winery back in 2002 and the company’s growth and what he has achieved over a relatively short period is really quite impressive”, added Gretchen Boock, COO of Dobbes Family Estate and Wine by Joe, and the company’s 1st employee. “Our Wine by Joe Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, ‘serious wine without attitude’ are defined as approachable wines that are true to their varietal character and accurate representations of the Oregon terroir. Wines from the Dobbes Family Estate label offer a portfolio of single vineyards as well as regional blends, from the Willamette and Rogue Valleys, and reflect the quality and diversity of Oregon wine, which is being recognized well beyond our borders. It’s an exciting time to be making wine in Oregon.”
Wines Tasted at the Event
1988 Meursault Clos de la Barre, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy, France
1988 Bonne Mares, Grand Cru, Domaine G. Roumier, Burgundy, France
1988 Volnay-Santenots du Milieu, Premier Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy, France
2013 Volnay-Santenots du Milieu, Premier Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy, France
New Releases Offered by Dobbes Family Estate
2015 Viognier, Rogue Valley - $26
2014 Joseph Dobbes Cuvee Exceptionelle, Willamette Valley AVA - $100
2012 Symonette Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity AVA - $65
2016 Joseph Dobbes 30th Harvest Open Claim clone 943 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley AVA - $75
Dobbes Family Estate Tasting Room – Offerings, Holiday Gifts and Events
The Dobbes Family Estate Tasting Room is open daily, offering flights, food pairing selections from the Red Hills Market and winery tours. Wine club memberships, customized gift packs and bundles are available. Wine dinners and events continue throughout the year.
Open Daily 11am – 6pm
240 5th Street
Dundee, Oregon 97115
(503) 538-1141 x 118
About Dobbes Estate Wine / Wine by Joe
Joe Dobbes, an Oregon native, has built a thriving business by combining knowledge gained through invaluable apprenticeships in France and Germany and the experience of 30 years of winemaking. In 2002, Dobbes launched Wine by Joe, a multi-tiered business based in Dundee, Oregon. Recognized for the elegance and craft of his wines, Dobbes is now one of the largest producers in Oregon with 214 acres of estate vineyards. Dobbes’ focus is on crafting traditional Burgundian style wine under his three different brands: Dobbes Family Estate, the luxury label; Wine by Joe, a value-priced Oregon appellation label, and Jovino, dedicated to restaurant accounts. Dobbes Estate Wine / Wine by Joe is a Bacchus Capital portfolio company.
For more information: www.dobbesfamilyestate.com.
About Bacchus Capital Management
Bacchus Capital Management is an investment firm providing strategic capital and making equity investments in United States wineries and wine businesses.
Current Bacchus portfolio companies are: DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Maritime Wine Trading Collective, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate / Wine by Joe.
Prior Bacchus portfolio companies are Andretti Winery, Cameron Hughes Wine, and Qupé.