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January 2024 Newsletter

January 1, 2024 |

A January sunrise over Compris Vineyard, located just outside of Newberg, Oregon.

Happy New Year to Our Compris Family and Friends!

As we welcome the start of 2024, we're excited for what's in store for Compris this year. We've been happily planning different events, excursions, and new wine releases - you'll find a sneak peek below. Come to the vineyard for a visit and to taste the newly curated wine flight - we feel it's the perfect way to start off a brand new year...new year, new wine!

Thank you for your continued support of our fine wine and small team.

~The Compris Crew

Looking Ahead from Dru

I’ve come to look forward to writing my silly little quips on our monthly newsletters. Hoping to conjure up some combination of humor and informative dialogue that captures your interest, answers a question, or perhaps brings a smile to your face. This is my time to exercise the underdeveloped storyteller in me in an effort to let you know what’s going on and possibly give you some insight into this thing residing between my ears. Yes, it is ultimately a short story…

While Decembers are meant for reflection and introspection, Januarys are for looking forward, for hopefulness, for positive change. So, let’s dispense with the resolutions, eyes full of optimism, head brimming with possibilities, heart overflowing with love.

So, what does 2024 have in store for the Compris community? The transition to Compris wines continues to evolve with the full complement of our first vintage, 2021, being released and available beginning at the first of the year. Having recently tasted them all as a team, we are extremely proud and can’t wait to share them with you all! We are adding some cool new events to our calendar as well. Want to know what the process for us is when determining blends? We have a day for that. Anthology member? We’ll have a family barbeque for us to celebrate you (and an opportunity to thank club member, Liz, for the idea!). We’ve added another pillar to our list of monthly charitable contributions to our originals, Diversity and Equality, Animal Welfare, and Education. At the request of Ryan, we will now give to organizations that help kids out. Additionally, at Aaron’s request, we’ll narrow down education to be more sustainability focused. Speaking of sustainability, we will continue our journey towards regenerative farming. Having transitioned from conventional to organic three years ago, our goal to further improve soil health, and ultimately fruit quality, will see significant progress this year. Finally, we are continuing to find ways to help our greater community. With wine donations to, among others, Newberg Animal Shelter, OMSI, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, and Camas Students and Families Foundation, Giving Tree donations to Mabel Rush and Groner elementary schools and our revolving monthly donations, we are committed to growing our engagement with our extended family. There’s so much more in store for the year to come!

Cheers to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2024!

Just Released

While we have been excited to share the wines that we have been able to release over the last year, the rest of the lineup is finally ready. From a bright White Pinot to a suite of Pinot Noir that complements the diversity of our site, all the way to a deep and exciting Syrah, we have something for everyone. Check out their descriptions below and then be on the lookout for them in the tasting room and wine club shipments throughout the rest of 2024. Browse Our Wine Selection

2021 Perpetual Sound Reserve Chardonnay

Aromas of wet stone, green apple, and hints of plantain accompanied by delicate notes of honeysuckle and white clover. The palate offers a vibrant experience, with crisp flavors that are both fresh and bright. The acidity lingers pleasantly, enhancing the overall liveliness.

2022 Divided Light White Pinot Noir

An aromatic profile consisting of intertwined toast and white pepper with essence of white peach, stone fruit, and apple blossom. On the palate, the wine shows a refreshing complement of unripe pear and a linear acidity that imparts a lively character.

2021 As One Pinot Noir

This wine greets with earthy notes and subtle fruitiness, unveiling damp earth, Damson plum, leather, and a hint of cedar on the nose. As you sip, fresh cherry takes center stage, held by firm, upright tannins that mellow into ripe Bing cherries.

2021 Rhythm Child 115 Clone Pinot Noir

A captivating nose marked by an aroma of ripe blackberry and black raspberry with a subtle hint of vanilla integrated into the bouquet. The wine unveils its firm and youthful character showcasing well-defined structure and smooth tannins.

2021 Melody Maker 777 Clone Pinot Noir

A medium-bodied Pinot noir with a nose characterized by subtle toast and baking spice alongside a medley of mixed berries. Bright acidity that accentuates the vibrancy of fruit evolving into warm spice and sun-kissed berries.

2021 Drum & Fife Pommard Clone Pinot Noir

Fresh, juicy cherries greet you on the nose. Upon tasting, the wine reveals its complexity with firm, slightly rustic tannins that add robust character to the overall experience. An intriguing subtle burnt orange peel reveals itself, adding depth and nuance.

2021 Given to Fly Reserve Pinot Noir

This wine presents a nose that is intriguingly dusty and firm, with a brooding intensity that hints at darker fruits. On the palate, it displays a vibrant, juicy experience showcasing energy with an interplay of fresh fruit flavors and firm, complex structure.

2021 Midnight Journey Syrah

This Syrah offers both a savory and floral bouquet, accentuated by hints of pepper and meatiness. The nose is rich and complex. On the palate, the wine reveals round, tight, firm tannins, providing appropriate grip and structure for a satisfying tasting experience.

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Winemaker for a Day

Dive into the fascinating world of winemaking this February 17th. Join us for an exclusive Blending Experience where you'll gain hands-on insight into how we craft our wines. From understanding what makes up different Lots and the influence of barrels to exploring the expression of our terroir, this event is a perfect blend of education and entertainment. You will be one of the first to see the Mountain Echo and As One come together and get a front-row seat to how those decisions are made. Did we mention that you will also get to taste all the different parts as we move along? Spaces are limited to focus on interaction and community; whether you’re a dedicated student of enology or just want to be one of the first to try the 2023 vintage, this event is for everyone. Join Us!

What's in a song?

This month’s music intro is a call out to one of our wines being released for the first time, Divided Light. We considered the task of making our first white Pinot to be kind of like what a prism does to white light. Only instead of making colors out of white light, we made white wine out of a red wine varietal. We transformed the essence of Pinot noir grapes into a crisp and sophisticated white wine, the way divided light creates a spectrum with subtle variations. Brett Dennen sings of drinking from prism streams so clear in “See the World”. Sipping on our Divided Light is kinda like that…Enjoy!

Upcoming Dates to Note

We're excited to share what's on deck for the Compris Crew this year! As more information becomes available, we'll update our website, newsletters, and social media. Hope to see you in the coming months!

Our January Cause ~ Children

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital strives to bring better care and new hope to children throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. By using philanthropic donations, they are able to expand the range of services available to kids, accelerate new cures for hard-to-treat children's diseases, and provide an education for the next generation of pediatric specialists. They have more than 1,000 doctors, nurses, and staff that are all specially trained in pediatric care who work with each family to ensure they are part of the planning decision. Everything about Doernbecher is designed just for kids - from playrooms and playgrounds, to medical equipment and exam procedures. With specialty clinics throughout Oregon and southwest Washington, families don't have to go far to find care.
Learn more by visiting their website, Instagram, and Facebook!

For the month of January, Compris Vineyard will be donating one dollar from every bottle sold or glass pour purchased of our Valley Skies Rosé of Tempranillo to OHSU Dorenbecher Children's Hospital.

A Special Offer From Our Chehalem Mountains AVA

Our Chehalem Mountains AVA is offering a special bundle! The Mystery Bundle is a randomized 6-bottle set selected from 24 wineries nestled in the picturesque Chehalem Mountains. Sip your way through a curated selection of reds, whites, and sparkling wines handpicked for their exceptional taste and unique stories. Each winery in the collection carefully selected a wine that showcases the unique terror of the Chehalem Mountains and their winemaking styles - we are honored to showcase our 2021 Mountain Echo Pinot noir. Don't miss out on this special opportunity! Please note, pick up and delivery only available in Oregon. Learn More!

"Now is the time for drinking, now the time to dance footloose upon the earth." ~ Horace

Photo of Featured Product

3-Clones Pinot Noir