2016 Pinot Noir, “This wine has pizzazz.” Score: 94. | 2016 Chardonnay, “…finishing upbeat…” Score: 90.
“The 2016 Open Claim ‘Willamette Valley’ Chardonnay is another fantastic release by the talented Tony Rynders.”
If you like White Burgundy, You’ll love Oregon Chardonnays
"Beautiful honeysuckle aromas lift melon and creamy lemon on the palate, layered with exotic spice notes"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2015 Open Claim Pinot Noir
Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir has a beautiful nose of blueberry tart, bramble berry and boysenberry preserves with vanilla bean and clove spice, plus suggestions of perfumed earth and lilacs. Medium to full-bodied, it floods the mouth with the blueberry preserves flavors and loads of sweet spice, with the fine-grained tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing very long. This has the fruit to absorb that oak, so give it a year or two in bottles.
"Oregon winemakers have been quietly honing their techniques in both the vineyard and the cellar, and are producing a growing number of bottles that are fresh and bright compared to their California counterparts..."
"When a wine label is 20-plus years in the making, you have high expectations."
“Oregon has a way of finding people who were meant to be here. I fully believe there’s a magical magnetic force that once drew the pioneers out West, and that same magical magnetic force continues to draw pioneers of all industries...”
“It was a passion for food and wine that led Brett and Marnie Wall ever deeper into the Oregon wine scene. It started for them as an appreciation of Oregon wine that eventually led them to planting grapes on family-owned property in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.”
~ Life Grid Magazine (PDF)
2015 Pinot Noir, “impeccable artistry in a glass.” | 2016 Chardonnay, “brilliant”
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2015 Open Claim Chardonnay
The 2015 Chardonnay has a lovely open nose of apple pie, brown butter, lemon confit and creme fraiche with honey, hazelnut and toast suggestions. Medium to full-bodied with a wonderful line of freshness, it features just enough creamy flavors in the mouth to counter the lively citrus fruit, finishing long and creamy textured.
"Flavors float across the palate with a heavenly velvety texture"
"Brett and Marnie Wall established Open Claim Vineyards in 2012 to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay."
"Bright, rich and downright delicious, this awesome effort by superstar winemaker, Tony Rynders, will cellar well for a decade or more."
“Tony Rynders has made some of the Oregon wine industry’s most acclaimed wines for a variety of owners, and today marks the debut for Open Claim Vineyards—one of the Willamette Valley’s up-and-coming plantings. Open Claim Vineyards is owned by Brett and Marnie Wall, who established Open Claim Vineyards in 2012 to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.”
“The Walls founded Open Claim Vineyards to grow benchmark Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the Willamette Valley property their family now has tended for more than 20 years. Situated near Mount Pisgah in the last foothills of the Coast Range, Open Claim is a premier 55-acre site planted in 2012 on 21 acres.”