Chehalem & Clay
Updated: Feb 12, 2018
Andrew Beckham is forging a new generation in wine's aging in clay. He's been a ceramicist and teacher for 17 years. And since 2009, Beckham combines his clay discipline with winemaking in the high elevations of Oregon's Chehalem Mountain AVA. These are natural wines that appear imbued with millennia of understanding, and with 16 acres of estate fruit (about 6.5 ha), Beckham Estate is on a trajectory un-like anyone else in Oregon.
2015 Estate, 'Sofias' Pinot Noir: (own rooted vines, 12 years old, 30% whole cluster) Sharp and floral red fruit.
2015 A.D. Beckham Estate MMXV Amphora 'Creta' Pinot Noir : (Fermented in clay, aged in clay)
2015 A.D. Beckham Estate MMXV Amphora 'Lignum' Pinot Noir : (Fermented in clay, aged in neutral oak)
2015 A.D. Beckham Estate MMXV Amphora Pinot Gris : (45 days skin contact: half aging in Acacia barrel) Rusty red wine colored, like Trousseau: rustic, Autumanl.
2016 A.D. Beckham Estate MMXV Amphora Pinot Gris: (not yet released: 11 months skin contact) Faint rust / salmon color. All texture and spice.