Willful Wine Co.
Daedalus Cellars, the partnership between Aron Hess and Pam Walden, has given way to a new wine brand sourced from a seven-acre estate in Oregon’s Dundee Hills.
Willful Wine Co. has released its inaugural estate Pinot Noir; only 370 cases of the 2011 Pinot were produced. Consumers can find it at the Dundee tasting room and online for $35.
Cabernet Franc and Brut Rosé from non-estate fruit will be released later this year. Total production for Willful Wine in 2011 is less than 500 cases. Production is expected to increase to 1,500 cases within three or four years.
Walden’s evolution to winemaker for the new brand makes her one of a few female winemakers in Oregon who also owns her own vines.
“This dream began over a decade ago, and it’s great to finally have something in the bottle,” Walden said.
Jezebel, the wine brand that was a sister to Daedalus, and now to Willful, will remain unchanged. It produces fruit-forward value Pinot Noir and white wine.
The tasting room (990 Highway 99W, Dundee) is open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.daedaluscellars.com or call 503-577-8982.