Bomb/Carden is labor of love for Jim and Susan, who have been friends for 20+ years. When we were both living in London in the mid-90s, we were surprised and pleased to see a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir on the wine list of a local restaurant. That’s when the seed that has grown into Bomb Wines was planted. Oregon Pinots were few and far between in England, and even when we both moved back to the NYC area a few years ago, they were not exactly mainstream. So we thought we would make our own Pinot Noir, get it into the places we loved to eat and drink, and share it with our friends.
Home of some of the planet’s most amazingly elegant and expressive Pinot noir, the Willamette Valley is a pastoral, mixed landscape of green, bucolic rolling hills, dramatic forestlands and small, independent, friendly wine growers. As a leader in environmental stewardship, the valley has some of the nation’s most protective land use policies, with two-thirds of its vineyards farmed sustainably and over half, organically. While the valley claims a cool, continental climate, and is heavily influenced by the cold, moist winds of the Pacific Ocean, its warm and dry summers allow for the steady, even ripening of Pinot noir.
The potential of Willamette Valley Pinot noir continues to attract the investment of serious growers and winemakers both locally and from abroad, as naturally the finished wines bring accolades from professionals and enthusiasts. With a range of styles from delicate dried cherry, raspberry and hibiscus to stronger notes of truffle, mocha, plum and spice, a fine Willamette Valley Pinot noir is a perfect expression of both character and grace.