Golden Cluster

Charles Coury is one of the Northwest’s original wine pioneers, a man with amazing foresight who believed in the long-term potential of Oregon’s cool-climate regions. Coury purchased an old, abandoned vineyard in the hills above Forest Grove in 1965 and began replanting grape vines. Some Pinot Noir, but also lots of white grapes: Riesling, Sylvaner, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Gouges Blanc, Pearl of Csaba, Flora, Chasselas, Muscat, and, most importantly, Sémillon. This vineyard is one of the oldest in Oregon (planted the same year David Lett first planted Pinot Noir), with origins dating back to the 1880’s. Today, the grapes for Golden Cluster come from this original vineyard block, making them the oldest known Sémillon in the Pacific Northwest. The vines are dry farmed and planted on their own roots. After hand harvesting, the grapes spend around 50 hours on the skins and ferment with native yeast. Aging is in neutral barrels, and there is no fining or filtration. Charles Coury was a man who was ahead of his time, and Golden Cluster proves to people just how right his vision was. We hope you enjoy this unique piece of Oregon wine history.