Hand harvested free run pinot noir aged with french medium oak. Aged on the lees and stirred regularly for full flavor profile. Unfined, polish filtered, creating this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018.
Every bottle helps our mission to support Veterans through charity and agriculture. I served as an Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) crewman with the 7th Marine regiment out of 29 Palms, CA. In 2003 I participated in the invasion of Iraq with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. In 2004 and 2005 I deployed with the 31st MEU out of Okinawa, Japan.
After my enlistment, in 2012 I helped launch a pilot non-profit aimed at rehabilitating veterans through permaculture. This program showed promise that agriculture can be an alternative treatment for Veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI. Looking for inspiration I found that the French Foreign Legion houses over 100 aging Legionaries on a vineyard chateau where they grow grapes, make wine, and find peace. I wondered – Why not here? It wasn't until February 2014 that the idea of veteran viticulture re-emerged during a Walla-Walla wine trip with co-founders Ryan Mills and Paul Warmbier. Excited about the possibilities, the three launched Dauntless Wine Company that December! I graduated from the Chemeketa Wine Studies program June 2018 with an AAS in both winemaking and vineyard management. On May 18th, 2017 I was awarded the "Wine Studies Emerging Leader" award for my efforts launching Dauntless Wine Company while attending the program.