Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop and wine bar offering curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping to 43 states.
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Free Delivery throughout the Triangle* with an $89.99 Minimum Order
* Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Hillsborough, and Cary
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dark cherry, sweet tobacco, dusty road, orange peel, maple candy, cardamom, black tea, kirsch
sweet dark cherries and berries, forest floor, anise, dark chocolate nibs, chai, hint of black pepper
long with rich, smooth tannins and acidity
roast game hen, pork rillettes, oven roasted vegetables, Peking duck, lamb sliders, venison, chanterelle risotto, pozole
Grapes were hand-picked and brought directly to the winery in 1/2 ton bins. They were meticulously hand sorted on a shaker table then destemmed into 2-ton open top, stainless steel fermenters. The must was cold-soaked for seven to ten days, which was followed by fermentation that was completed in about a week. This is followed by an extended maceration, where the wine is evaluated daily for softening of tannins and roundness of palate. The wine was on the skins for a total of 21-28 days. After draining the fermenters by gravity, the free-run and light pressings were combined and settled for 48 hours. The wine was then racked by gravity into a mixture of new and used French oak barrels. The wine was aged on lees in French oak barrels for 10 months and then blended and bottled.
The 2019 growing season was a departure from recent years in the Willamette Valley. The last five years (2014-2018) have been warmer than average years with heat spikes in the high 90s to low 100s. These years also saw precipitation stopping in May or early June. 2019 continued the trend of warm temperatures but with only a few days above 90. The weather stayed consistently in the 60s-80s. We also received measurable rainfall every month of the season. These conditions were excellent for steady vine growth and fruit development, but they were ideal for grape pathogens as well. In the vineyard, we managed this disease pressure by training the vine growth onto the trellis and opening the fruit zone to provide air movement and light, which makes conditions less favorable for infection. Our crew did an outstanding job pruning; focusing on vine architecture so that the natural shape of the vines “set the table” well for the handwork we did in the summer. In the middle of September, as harvest approached, we received several fronts that dropped 2.5 inches of rain on our winery estate and even more on our Twelve Oaks Estate. These late rains brought ideal conditions for botrytis to develop in the clusters and put us on high alert. Because of the disease pressure, we picked earlier than normal in some of our lower elevation blocks at the Twelve Oaks Estate, which were hit the hardest by the rains. The rains subsided in early October, as we harvested the majority of our crop. The challenges of the year were a reminder that you cannot take anything for granted when growing wine grapes in a cool climate. And this vintage shows when you meet those challenges, you are able to produce truly stunning, compelling wines.
Our mission is to produce wines that, while inspired by Burgundy and Alsace, express the unique characteristics of Oregon and our two estate vineyard sites. We currently have 120 acres planted, though not all is in production. In the meantime we are buying some fruit, as we wait for our vineyards to mature. Our farming is all LIVE CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE, and we are currently working towards our carbon neutral certification with the state of Oregon.
Our Pinot noir winemaking is minimalist, focusing on small fermentation lots and using indigenous yeast. The wines are all aged in French oak of which only about 25% is new in each vintage. Our goal is to craft elegant, restrained wines that clearly speak of the vineyards in which they were grown.
LouElla is Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop, bar, and event space offering curated wine, craft beer, and fortified selections from family operated producers. The business takes its name and mission from owner and proprietor Campbell Davis's Great Aunt LouElla who was much beloved for her warmth, hospitality, and generous spirit. Whether we are serving you at the bar or helping you pick that perfect bottle to host your celebration, our mission is to share LouElla's hospitality with the community.
Owner & Manager
For Cam Davis, LouElla is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and beverage industry. Cam has successfully managed some of Durham’s finest locally and nationally recognized establishments, including Hutchin's Garage, Guglhupf, Rue Cler, and Durham Catering Company. He brings a wealth of wine and beverage knowledge, not only from his extensive restaurant experience, but also from his tenure as Durham Sales Manager for wine distributor Bordeaux, Fine and Rare.
316 West Geer St, Suite A, Durham, NC 27701
Tue. - Thu. 11am - 9pm
Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10pm
Sun. 11am - 8pm