Abbey Creek Vineyard 2013 Diva Pinot Noir

Blazing a trail for others to follow

Bertony Faustin never planned to be a winemaker. A son of Haitian immigrants and a native New Yorker, wine just wasn’t on the radar.

But after grinding out the day job for years – as a physical therapist and anesthesia tech – inspiration finally struck. His wife’s family had been growing grapes on their property in Northwest Portland since the early 1980s and selling them to local winemakers. With help from friends and neighbors, Bertony created Abbey Creek Vineyard in 2006 and makes 700-1000 cases of wine each year from the grapes on his family’s land.

Along the way, Bertony kept getting the question – “Are you the only black winemaker in Oregon?” As it turns out, according to the Oregon Wine Board, he’s the first on record. It’s nice to blaze a trail, of course, but only if there are others following your lead.

So, Bertony launched the Red, White & Black documentary project. Working with director Jerry Bell and cinematographer Peter Fuhrman, RW&B will identify and tell the stories of minority winemakers – black, Latino, LGBT, and more. It’s an important story, and through its telling, will inspire others to follow their dreams in the wine world.

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Abbey Creek Vineyard, North Plains, Oregon
2013 Diva Pinot Noir

2013 was a challenging year for the Willamette Valley. The summer was warm, sunny, and beautiful — but heavy rains right before harvest dashed the hopes of many winemakers for award-winning vintages. But a few years in, they’ve hit their stride and many are winning plaudits now. Abbey Creek’s 2013 Pinot Noir is no exception.

The 2013 Diva Pinot Noir is 100% estate fruit from the Abbey Creek Vineyards in Northwest Portland. Yes, there are actually vineyards within (!) the City of Portland – though our research suggests Abbey Creek is the only commercial operation in the city limits.

The Diva is a classic Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from a cool site on a northwest-facing hillside. It has soft cranberry fruit flavors with a hint of white pepper and smoke. The soft tannins and well integrated acid make the 2013 Diva a great food wine.

A Cellar 503 selection in January 2016, Red White & Black: Minority Winemakers Willamette Valley | Pinot Noir

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