• O'Connor Vineyard

    Pinot Noir

    Wine from the Green Valley

    Russian River Valley AVA

    Family-owned. Limited production.

    Hidden treasure.

    Twenty years growing Pinot Noir in the Green Valley...

    We grow our vines on four acres in the heart of the Green Valley sub-appellation of Russian River AVA. After years of selling our grapes to wineries, our dream came true with the production of our first vintage of O'Connor Vineyard Pinot Noir in 2005, always sourced exclusively from our four acres, which are planted on Pommard, 115 and 777 clones, and aged over 12 months in French oak barrels. With the advent of our son-in-law Ron Johnson as winemaker in 2013 we have come full-circle as a family-owned vineyard and wine.

    Vineyard managed by Eric Neil, Alta Vineyard Management

    James O'Connor, Owner-Growers

    The fruit from our vineyard embodies the traits of the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley AVA, one of the world's finest growing regions for Pinot Noir grapes. The small grapes consistently produce a deep, ruby color and intense fruit flavors of cherry, blackberry, and pomegranate balanced by smooth acidity and structure and a welcome note of spice.

     

  • In Memorium

    James Charles O'Connor

    September 16, 1925 - September 11, 2018

    Jim was the fourth of five children born to Archibald and Mary (Healy) O'Connor in Detroit, MI. As a young man he studied theology, served as an airman in the Michigan Air National Guard, and built houses in the Detroit area, then becoming a Catholic priest and working in Bolivia in the Maryknoll Catholic Missions and perfecting his Spanish. In Cochabamba he met Mary Hotz and decided to leave the priesthood. In 1969, they were married and returned to Peru to continue to work with the poor. In 1970, they ventured to California to start a family. After working for the San Mateo County Probation Department with a Spanish-speaking caseload for several years, he once again ventured into a new career, starting his own woodworking business of interior remodeling, furniture and wood crafts, including clocks. In 1990, he once again took a chance on a new profession, moving to a ten-acre apple orchard in Sebastopol and converting the old orchard into Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards. A few years later, he started his own label, O'Connor Vineyard Pinot Noir (2005 - 2014.)

     

    A lover of history and good conversation, Jim was a voracious reader and always enjoyed their many gatherings with friends, from Foothill Park Sunday bbqs in the 1970s to more recent gatherings with Sonoma County friends, and the surprising fun of social wine tastings with new friends at the vineyard in the 2010s. Jim never missed the chance to tell a good joke and enjoyed speaking Spanish right up until the end. Jim also loved the great outdoors, taking his family on camping trips throughout the entire western US from Alaska to Baja, Hawaii and the southwest. More recently, he loved to enjoy the views around him in the beautiful Russian River region. A true Renaissance man, he loved to sketch buildings, could fix anything, deeply enjoyed music, especially by Bach and Irish folk musicians, and would pick out a tune on any piano he walked by. He leaves a giant hole in our family and a pair of very large shoes to fill, and will be missed greatly by his wife and partner by his side for 50 years, Mary, and by his daughter Sara (Ron) Johnson and grandchildren Daniel and Abigail, and his extended family and many friends. With his great smile, quick wit, generosity, compassion and warmth, we believe he had a first class ticket to heaven and is keeping an eye on the vineyards from above. Rest in peace.

  • 2014 OV Pinot Noir

     

    94 points, Editor's Choice

    (Wine Enthusiast)

     

    2017 Silver Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition

    "From longtime growers based in the Green Valley, this is focused, site-specific wine-making at its finest, an exploration of forested pine and airtight acidity that buzzes on the palate with electricity and freshness. Tannin play a supportive, silky and unobtrusive role, allowing room for plum and dark cherry to speak."

    - Wine Enthusiast

     

    "Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Soaring aromas of Bing cherry, spice, toast and tobacco lead to a middleweight styled wine with delicious dark cherry fruit. The charge of fruit is buffered by vibrant acidity and silky tannins. There is definite barrel influence, but it seasons rather than dominates the wine. Very enjoyable, with a smooth texture and an exit bursting with savory oak and black cherry goodness. A real charmer and quintessential Russian River Valley in character at a very reasonable price. Score: 93."

    - Pinot File

     

    414 cases. Ron Johnson, winemaker.

     

    Pommard, 115 and 777 clones.

    14.2% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.66. Harvest Brix 25.2º.

    Aged 18 months in French oak barrels.

     

  • 2013 OV Pinot Noir

     

    93 points, Cellar Selection

    (Wine Enthusiast)

    "A small-production wine from longtime growers, this is light and herbal, integrated in wood and tannin. It's vibrant and fresh on the palate and nose in plum and wild strawberry. High in gentle acidity, it provides a note of black tea and earthy truffle on the finish. Drink now through 2021."

    - Wine Enthusiast

     

    "Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Lovely aromas of Bing cherry, baking and wood spices and sandalwood.The cherry cola essence charges out of the bottle initially in a light to mid weight style wine that is fresh and juicy. There is noticeable but not imposing oak infusion and the gentle tannins in the background provide adequate structure. This wine has a classic Russian River Valley profile in a more feminine style. Score: 90."

    - Pinot File

    http://http://www.princeofpinot.com/tastingnote/9608/

     

    340 cases. Ron Johnson, winemaker.

     

  • Closeout Prices

    Vintage 2013

    bottle (750 ml) - $33

    case (12 bottles) - $300

     

    Vintage 2014

    bottle (750 ml) - $35

    case (12 bottles) - $335

     

    Free shipping within California with

    the purchase of a case.

     

    Additional shipping charges apply

    to orders shipped outside of California.

     

    We accept payment by PayPal or check.

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    (707) 823-4948
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