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Torii Mor Winery: Japanese Zen Garden in the Oregon Hills

Apr. 27th, 2011 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment   
In a private sanctuary of the Dundee Hills nestled amongst dense forests dripping in fern and moss sits the feng shui tasting room of Torii Mor Winery.

Modeled after a Japanese Zen garden, the winery derives its name from the Japanese word torii, referencing the ornate gates seen at the entrance of most Japanese gardens, and the Scandinavian word mor, meaning earth.

By integrating these two languages, owners Donald Olson, MD, and his wife Margie capture a feeling of unique elegance through the romantic image of a passageway to the earth and all things beautiful. Specializing in Pinot Noir, it is their belief that this varietal, more than any other, best emulates this union of beauty and earth.

Torii Mor Winery has been recognized as agriculturally sustainable. While initially founded in 1993 as a boutique winery, the new solar-array, gravity-flow winery created in 2007 is LEED Gold certified, Oregon Certified Sustainable, and LIVE vineyard and winery certified.

Beginning in the vineyards with careful attentive management and continuing in the cellar with minimal handling, Winemaker Jaques Tardy expresses each unique site in the classic Burgundian way in order to create super-premium wines.

These multiple-award-winning wines have consistently earned more than 90 points and have been tagged Top Choice, One of the Best, and Highly Recommended by Wine Spectator, The Wine Advocate, and Wine Enthusiast.

With flavors of dark berries and dark cherries, earthiness, and spiciness, Torii Mor Pinot Noir pairs wonderfully with everything from braised boneless short ribs and herbes de Provence chicken to grilled salmon with hazelnut brown butter to eggplant-and-mushroom pizza.

These versatile wines are notably classic Pinot Noir—rich in texture and structure, carrying a smooth, long, sweet and spicy finish. When guests visit Torii Mor Winery, they discover a passageway to beautiful things.

WHAT TO BUY:
  • ’09 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris Floral notes, ripe pear and honeysuckle, dried herbs $16
  • ’08 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Earthy mushrooms, rich dark berries, graham cracker barrel toast $22
  • ’08 “Deux Verres” Reserve Pinot Noir Sweet and jammy, rich dark cherries, light spiciness $35

    CONTACT:
    Torii Mor Winery
    18323 NE Fairview Drive
    Dundee, OR 97115
    503.554.0105
    Tasting Room Open Daily 11 a.m–5 p.m.
    www.toriimorwinery.com

    SPECIAL NOTES: LEED Gold certified winery, scenic view, picnic grounds, sustainable farming practices, exclusive wine club events.
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