Winery Spotlight: Le Cadeau from Oregon’s Willamette Valley
SEATTLE, March 24, 2015 — While there are clearly lots of good Pinot noir producers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, there are a few that seem to do a really good job of ever-so-slightly edging out the competition; one of those is Le Cadeau Vineyard and winery. It’s a boutique winery in every sense of the word, from its relatively small vineyards of 16 acres to its overall production of around a thousand cases. With its first vintage in 2002, owners Tom and Deb Mortimer have done a great job of building a team who are as passionate as they are when it comes to making the finest wines possible from Oregon.
Tom was working in the paper and packaging industry by day and after some time, acquired a recycling company which had its headquarters in Dundee, Ore. – it was during these trips out to the Willamette Valley that he fell in love with the area, the wine and the people who reside there.
One of the areas where Le Cadeau is a bit different is that they have a different winemaker for each bottle of wine, which means that each variant of Pinot tastes as different from the others as one might imagine. This helps add more character to their wines, as each winemaker does in fact have his or her own variant of “winemaker terroir” while still preserving the actual terroir of each vineyard designate.
One of the best features of this vineyard site was also a huge headache early on when it was time to dig post holes, and that is the massively rocky soil. This is a huge blessing in that it helps produce grapes of outstanding richness of flavor and character; in fact, once you taste wines from Le Cadeau, you’ll taste why these rocks play a huge part in the overall flavors of the wine.
If you’re a wine-lover, you should really make it a point to seek out the wines they produce, as I’m confident you’ll find them to be of exceptional quality, food-friendly, terroir-driven with a beautiful balance. We have a huge fondness for wineries that “get it right” and from our experience with the wines and people of Le Cadeau, we cannot make a bigger recommendation for an Oregon winery that definitely “gets it right.”