Schaad Cellars Trampled Pinot Noir

Schaad Cellars Trampled Pinot Noir


  • Fourth generation farming.
  • The grapes are grown on the Oracle Vineyard in Dundee Hills AVA, comprising three clones with whole cluster inclusion.
  • When fermenting, the wine is so heavy it smells like soy sauce. This represents the classic stem spice, white pepper, dense ripe flavors Pinot Noir can show.
  • The wine shows cassis, Zante currants, and dried blueberries. Very concentrated.
  • The label was intended to honor the grape vines that had been trampled by horses then brought back to viability via layering. Hence the “Trampling” of the clusters.
  • Schaad Cellars uses sustainable farming practices.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir

Elaboration: Whole bunch maceration for 25 days. Barrel aged in neutral French oak for 16 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes: This wine embodies the essence of Dundee Hills spice with a touch of white pepper and abundant ripe, concentrated fruit. The palate unfolds with tannins from the stems, followed by notes of cocoa nibs, zante currant, and black pepper, leaning towards a jammy profile for Pinot Noir. With age, the beauty of stem tannins emerges, lending a broad palate weight, making it heavier than your average Pinot.




Since 1903, the Schaad family has been deeply rooted in Oregon’s farming heritage, beginning with a land grant near Newberg, Oregon. In 1953, land was purchased, and the family originally cultivated a variety of crops including walnuts, cherries, and Italian prunes. In 1980, a pivotal decision was made to plant vineyards, replacing black caps, and stone fruits. Witnessing the growing interest in Oregon Pinot Noir, Schaad Cellars steadily expanded their vineyard over the years.

Today, Schaad Cellars commitment to sustainable farming practices is unwavering. All vines are self-rooted and dry farmed. Keeping the land and vines healthy is the key to their great wines.

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