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We’re smitten with Pinot Noir, especially the
seductive, powerful expressions that emerge from
the storied slopes of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Welcome our 2018 Sunu Portfolio is now available

2018 Lonesome Rock Clones 667 and 777 - Yamhill-Carlton
2018 Lonesome Rock Bottle Shot

2018 Lonesome Rock

Clones 667 and 777 - Yamhill-Carlton

High in the windswept Coast Range, a lone basalt boulder sits as an ancient and solitary guardian to Lonesome Rock Vineyard. At 700ft above sea-level, the site paradoxically combines cool temperatures with an unusual proliferation of “heat-trapping” chunks of stone mixed throughout the soil; a perfect setting for the early ripening 667 and 777 clones. The ample hang time they are given here gives exotically-spiced, vibrant and pure-fruited Pinot Noir. View Product Details.

Only 75 Cases Made.   Available 07 October 2020

92-94
"...The wine is brooding, floral and seductive, with dark raspberry, black cherry and incense swirling alongside new leather and baking spice aromas..."
Jeb Dunnuck
$75.00
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2018 Shea East Hill Wädenswil Clone, Yamhill-Carlton
2018 Shea East Hill  Bottle Shot

2018 Shea East Hill

Wädenswil Clone, Yamhill-Carlton

Shea Vineyard is located in the far East of Yamhill Carlton, on the border of Dundee Hills. Dick Shea first planted Pinot Noir in 1989 and has made the vineyard an icon with meticulous vineyard practice, sustainable farming and an array of clonal diversity. Shea is separated into two slopes by a small valley and our blocks are planted with the Wädenswil clone on the dramatically steep, east-facing hill. Wädenswil is a late ripening clone prized for its elegant rose petal aromatics, bright acidity and fine dance between power and finesse.  View Product Details

Only 84 Cases Made.   Available 07 October, 2020

92-94
"...The palate is dense and tightly-coiled, with ample, refined tannins and a long polished finish."
Jeb Dunnuck
$75.00
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2018 Shea West Hill Heritage Clones, Yamhill-Carlton
2018 Shea West Hill  Bottle Shot

2018 Shea West Hill

Heritage Clones, Yamhill-Carlton

One of Oregon’s most iconic vineyards, Shea is planted over two separate and very distinct slopes. The earliest plantings were on West Hill, a vineyard of mostly soft, rolling contours with one notable exception: The Ravine. Lined with fir trees and jarringly steep, the thin soils create an exceptional landscape that produces wines in vibrant contrast to other parcels of Shea, full of heady aromatics, floral perfume, and rich texture. View Product Details

Only 85 Cases Made.   Available 02 October 2019

91-93
"... The palate manages richness and elegance, with silky tannins and a long, polished finish..."
Jeb Dunnuck
$75
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2018 Matteri Vineyard  Clone # 115 / 777, Yamhill-Carlton
2018 Matteri Vineyard Bottle Shot

2018 Matteri Vineyard

Clone # 115 / 777, Yamhill-Carlton

Our hermit in the far northwest of Yamhill-Carlton, Matteri Vineyard surveys commanding vistas of the surrounding countryside from its gently rolling, South-facing slopes.   Dry and windswept at 550 feet, clones 115 and 777 do battle with the elements to produce tiny berries with powerful richness and intense flavor. View product details

Only 87 Cases Made.    Available 07 October 2020

90-92
"...The palate is a blockbuster, alternating between bright fruit and concentrated minerality..."
Jeb Dunnuck
$75.00
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2018 Saffron Fields  Pommard Clone, Yamhill-Carlton
2018 Saffron Fields Bottle Shot

2018 Saffron Fields

Pommard Clone, Yamhill-Carlton

The stunningly beautiful Saffron Fields lies on the Eastern edge of Yamhill Carlton, nestled above Shea Vineyard to the south.  Our blocks at Saffron utilize Pommard, a sought-after and early-ripening clone known for its intense inky spice and meaty character. The combination of lower elevation and an orientation that maximizes mid-day sun makes Saffron Fields our warmest and earliest-ripening site.  Pairing the early-blooming and powerful Pommard with Saffron’s substantial heat makes for wine with blockbuster potential. View product details

Only 90 Cases Made.   Available 07 October 2020

91-93
"...The tannins are supple and fine, sustaining a lengthy finish that is expressive and broad.."
Jeb Dunnuck
$75.00
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2018 SUNU Blend Willamette Valley
2018 SUNU Blend Bottle Shot

2018 SUNU Blend

Willamette Valley

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is the former floor of the Pacific Ocean, holding marine sediment deposited over millennia amongst a tangled maze of creases and folds in the Earth. The vines planted here exhibit a diverse range of intense expression…delicate and profound Pinot Noir that embodies the essence of that magical marriage of site and grape which brings us back to explore it again and again.  After years of methodical searching, we’ve found several extraordinary vineyard parcels, each reflecting a different facet of Pinot’s elegant and seductive breadth.  These vineyards make up SuNu Pinot Noir. View product details

620 Cases Made.    Available 07 October 2020

91-93
"The palate is elegant with an uncanny sense of concentration to the cranberry and passionfruit flavors that emerge. The tannins are silky, along with bright acidity, provide support to the long, building finish. ..."
Jeb Dunnuck
$40.00
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The Backstory

Why Oregon Pinot Noir?

The Back Story

Twenty-two years ago, Betz Family Winery was founded with a basic tenet: search ceaselessly for the highest quality vineyard sites, pay attention to every detail in the vineyard, then give time in the cellar for slow evolution of each parcel’s unique characteristics.  The French have a saying for this emphasis on vineyard as the primary engine of wine quality and character, “Sous Nous,” which means “under us.”  We believe that the soul of our wine is not in the cellar…it’s under us in the jumbled mixture of soil and vine.

This quest for unique expressions of site and variety, or “Sous Nous” has taken us through the best plantings of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache across Washington.  It brought us to impossibly old, dry-farmed bush vines of Chenin Blanc in South Africa.   And now, it has led us to a new and perhaps inevitable destination: limited-production bottlings of Pinot Noir from exceptional single vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is the former floor of the Pacific Ocean, holding marine sediment deposited over millennia amongst a tangled maze of creases and folds in the Earth. The vines planted here exhibit a diverse range of intense expression…delicate and profound Pinot Noir that embodies the essence of that magical marriage of site and grape which brings us back to explore the variations again and again.  After years of methodical searching, we’ve found several extraordinary parcels grown on this Marine sediment layer in the northern Willamette Valley, predominantly in the in the Yamhill Carlton Appellation. Each site reflects a different facet of Pinot’s elegant and seductive breadth: Guadalupe Vineyard, Matteri Vineyard, Saffron Fields Vineyard and the iconic Shea Vineyard. These make up the inaugural release of SUNU.

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Our Philosophy

How we do it?

Our Winemaking

While we believe that great wine begins in the vineyard, we also know that what takes place in the cellar is the signature of great winemaking.

For the first vintage of SuNu, we cast a wide net with our winemaking techniques. Varying levels of whole cluster inclusion, length of time on skins and the use of different fermentation vessels are variables that we always consider at Betz Family Winery and were, of course, duly applied to our winemaking approach. However, it was also necessary for us to adapt our methods to include much more careful handling of the delicate Pinot Noir grape.

New winery equipment was purchased for gentler processing and cap management was done all by hand and foot. We introduced different yeast strains and new Burgundy barrel coopers to our already existing barrel program in order to highlight the subtle nuances that Pinot Noir is capable of achieving. Extended barrel and bottle aging were also necessary to allow plenty of time for the wine to fully transform into it's final identity before being released.

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Membership Sign-Up

We offer wines to our members twice per year

We encourage you to become a Member by signing up today onto our Member List. We only offer our wines to our members once a year on a first come first serve basis.  Due to the Limited Quantities produced we will be offering wines based on when you signed up. 

We, therefore, encourage you to Sign Up as soon as possible.

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