White Walnut Estate from Dundee Hills, Oregon joins Cognac One as First Domestic Winery of the Portfolio
The certified organic and biodynamic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Dundee Hills winery White Walnut Estate will now be sold outside of Oregon for the first time as they join the Cognac One portfolio in New York and New Jersey.
Owner/winemaker Chriz Mazepink previously held positions as head winemaker for top Oregon wineries Archery Summit, Shea Wine Cellars and Benton Lane. After years of working towards a targeted house style, Mazepink purchased his own vineyard with the intention of departing from these set winemaking parameters and exploring a more authentic expression of site. For Mazepink, the most honest form of winemaking is to be a conduit of the energies present in the vineyard.
Formerly a walnut orchard, the property had been unattended for several generations when Chris Mazepink purchased the site in 2013. He immediately saw the potential of the property to become one of Oregon’s premier vineyard sites as it’s well placed in the heart of Dundee Hills between the estate vineyards of legendary Oregon wineries Domaine Drouhin and Archery Summit.
Mazepink and his sons cleared the land by hand, preserving the remaining walnut trees on the property that continue to produce fruit and are now well over 70 years old. They then planted dozens of selections/clones that Mazepink had collected over two decades. The White Walnut Estate wines are always a field blend, a polyculture of each of these selections/clones rather than one specific clonal bottling.