Cooper Mountain Vineyards got its start in 1978 when Dr. Robert Gross and his wife, Corrine, planted the first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the unique volcanic soils on the slopes of Cooper Mountain. The two tended the vines and carefully nurtured them as they established. It took nine years before the first vintage was offered to the public. Now, they farm more than 100 acres, grow five varietals and are committed to sustainablity: dry farming, organic and biodynamic in both farming and winemaking.
The unique volcanic soils, along with climatic conditions influenced by proximity to both the Columbia Gorge and the Ghehalem Mountains, help produce wines with a specific sense of place.
A psychiatrist, a homeopath, an acupuncturist, a vineyard owner and a winery owner, Dr. Gross leads the region in the pursuit of alternative farming and winemaking practices. His visionary efforts established the leading biodynamic vineyards and winery in the Northwest and the largest completely organic operation in Oregon. Today his efforts are focused on new, innovative techniques in the winery that include biodynamic influenced wine preparations intended to enhance body and flavor, especially in challenging cold or rainy vintages.
Wine & Spirits Magazine Value Brand of the Year (June 2013)
Cooper Hill Pinot Noir
Cassis, red berry fruit and floral components on the palate and nicely integrated round acidity on the finish.
Made from select fruit from our four vineyard sites. Stainless steel
tank fermented, this wine is a blend of what our winemaker official
tasting team determine to be the best reflection of the Cooper Mountain
Gris style. Lush and round fruit flavors ranging from stone fruits to
hints of peaches on the palate and are beautifully balanced with elegant
A blend of our different vineyards, the Reserve Pinot Noir is most often
dominated by flavors from Grabhorn and Meadowlark vineyards. However,
today we are finding that there are exceptional characteristics coming
from our youngest sites, Farmington and Johnson School, that are
deserving of the Reserve label. As these vines mature further, our
winemaker will have an exceptional array of wines for blending and the
Reserve Pinot Noir will continue to be a wine of exceptional value.
Rich, lush and powerful. Mushroom, dark fruit, perfume and spice coat
the palate and round out the finish. This is a concentrated and focused