Maloof Wines is a husband-and-wife winery team based in Forest Grove, Oregon. Originally based in Philadelphia, Bee and Ross Maloof moved to Oregon in 2017. Previously employed as a sommelier, Ross was first introduced to winemaking in 2015 when he worked the harvest at Day Wines in Dundee. The following year he decided to come back with his then-fiancée Bee Selman, a materials engineer. Today the couple bottle a small amount of wines produced naturally.
“Dai Crisp has been managing this legendary vineyard for the past twenty years. Located in the coolest section of the Eola-Amity hills, this site feels the full wrath of the Van Duzer Corridor, a break in the coastal range that allows cold ocean winds into the valley. This delays afternoon ripening, increases skin thickness, and decreases berry size. Planted on Ritner and Nekia soils, the vines are dry farmed. Pinot Gris tends to command far lower prices than Pinot Noir, so the intention was to replant. Ross & Bee realized what a shame it would be to lose this superb fruit and offered to pay Pinot Noir prices – what seemed fool hardy at first has resulted in a new benchmark for the variety in Oregon. The grapes were harvested in two passes, one on September 28th for higher acid, and a second on October 11th for structure. The grapes were direct pressed into neutral barrels for fermentation and a ten-month élevage. The final wine was lightly filtered and bottled with a small amount of residual sugar. 287 cases made this vintage. 14% ABV” – Erik Mercier, Juice Imports