Haven 'Freja Vineyard' Pinot Noir Mixed 6-pack
When you make a living selling wine, the perks are undeniably generous. Exploring some of the earth’s most beautiful hills and valleys, intimate meals with winemakers and their families, forming friendships through hand gestures and a common love of wine, and sharing our adventures with you, the recipient of these bottles.
And while the benefits are many, Elizabeth and I sometimes ask ourselves, “What are we doing in this world that makes a difference?” It’s a tough question to answer when you sell a luxury good. Sure, we donate to various auctions and such, and champion small winemakers and their families, but we often feel we are running a deficit in the social good department.
Nearly 10 years ago, a customer of Elizabeth’s introduced us to Rose Haven, a local day shelter serving women and children experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, and poverty. Operating from the tiny daylight basement of a church in the Northwest, their approach to improving the lives of their clients was (and is) unlike anything we’d ever seen. “Seen” is a good word to use here. Rose Haven sees every guest in a way that builds confidence and camaraderie, allowing each to find a way through what is possibly the most difficult time in their lives. Volunteers serve guests of the day shelter, making them feel cared for and listened to as they help these women and families navigate everything from applications for low-income housing, transit passes, resume help, and medical care.
For a decade now, we’ve watched Rose Haven grow, doing our small part along the way to introduce them to friends and fellow industry buddies. But we’ve always wanted to do more.
Here’s our chance — and, we hope, yours. Introducing Haven, a local Pinot Noir made in the Chehalem Mountains in tandem with our friend Willy Gianopulos at Freja Cellars. Three vintages, each chosen for their unique character, are being bottled, labeled, and sold to benefit Rose Haven — now, and in the future.
Each Haven 6-pack contains two bottles each of the following wines:
2015 Haven Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir: dried cranberry on the nose, warm spices, black plum, and fig on the palate. Incredibly food-friendly, consider roasted game hen, or an earthy mushroom risotto when wondering what to drink with this wine.
2016 Haven Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir: the earliest year ever, from bud break to veraison to harvest, 2016 is one of those rare vintages where winemakers had their feet up by the fire long before the rainy season set in. Bright fruit flavors, tending more toward wild cherry and firm plum, rule the scene here, with hints of tobacco and forest floor rounding out the palate. A classic roasted chicken with crisp, juicy skin would do nicely here.
2018 Haven Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir: a long, even growing season with cool evenings made winemakers want to burst into song. The hype is real, with 2018 being heralded as a year beyond compare. Ripe and rich, with bright acidity to give it staying power, this is the wine you want with pan-seared duck breast rubbed with exotic spices.