I think I found my new favorite Oregon winery!
Torii Mor Winery makes amazing, aromatic wine with light fruit notes and a delicate sweetness. Their focus is mainly on Pinot Noir, with their case production varying year-to-year but always under 2000 (half of which being their black label; the only label that makes it out through the distribution channels). Their tasting room has a variety of Pinot Noirs from different vineyards and vintages; definitely worth the trip out there. We went on a rainy day over a gravel path and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Torii means “gate” in Japanese, with Mor meaning “earth” in Scandinavian. The owner and winemaker is Scandinavian, but was stationed in Japan for a time. Thus, the cultural combination of the winery. The interior of the tasting room has charming Asian touches, from the seating, to the bar, to the sake sets they have for sale.
We started off the flight with their 2011 Pinot Blanc. I knew I was in trouble at the first sip–fresh aroma and crisp to the taste, it was a white I enjoyed even on a rainy day. It was such a nice white that the 2010 Olson Estate Vineyard Chardonnay was a bit of a letdown. We got a bonus pour of Torii Mor’s 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (fresh fruit and aged nicely. Another 2009 that surprised me) and then went to the 2010 “Deux Verres” Reserve Pinot Noir, pronounced Du-Vere. We had two more Pinot Noirs; a 2007 Hawks View Vineyard Pinot Noir and a 2009 La Colina Vineyard Pinot Noir. I was immensely impressed with all their pinots and am glad that they chose to focus on Pinot Noir rather than big reds. We finished off with a 2008 Syrah Port, which was my least favorite of the flight.
Looking online now, I realize that many of the wines they had in the tasting room were only available there. The only Pinot Noir that makes it out of their tasting room is their Willamette Valley, but they make a large variety of other things. Even on their website, the 2007 Hawks View PN, the 2009 Willamette Valley PN and the 2010 Olson Estate Chardonnay aren’t listed. I encourage anyone interested in Oregon Pinot Noir to visit their tasting room to try some exquisite wines you won’t find anywhere else.
Of course, I walked away with a few bottles despite myself and my dwindling bank account. I regret nothing.
Their flight is $10 and you can visit them any day between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
They are located at 18323 NE Fairview Dr. Dundee, OR 97115.