In the words of her distributor Vom Boden, “Jess Miller is a badass!”. She tended the vines at Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine with Julien Pineau. While working with Alice and Olivier de Moor in the vineyards, Jess was lent a copy of one of their favorite pruning guides. She decided it was awesome. Then, with a no-big-deal demeanor, she decided she should translate it from the French. Then, with the same nonchalance, she got a book deal and published it in 2018. She did all of that while maintaining her day job as a vineyard manager for twelve acres in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA in Oregon. For her labor she gets a little bit of fruit which she weaves into some of the most distinctly delicious and unique Pinot coming out of Oregon. As you have probably picked up by now Jess is truly a vigneron spending almost all of her time in the vines. But she is a lot more than that. Vom Boden put it so perfectly succinctly when he wrote that she is “vigneron-dirty-fingernailed-philosopher-party-animal-recluse-pickup-driving-animal spirit that radiates an energy and goodwill that is almost palpable”. So it's no surprise that her wine is a revelation. Her Pinots have that deep, dark-fruited textural thing that has made Oregon so famous. But, they seem to have calmed down all the plushness giving her wines defined edges, an uncommon energy and a subtlety that is as loud as silence. They are bouncy and airy and filled with a wild spirit.
Floral , Fruity , Funky