Harvested 10/11/2017 Brix: 24.9, pH : 3.54, TA:
“Oregon’s speciality is Pinot Noir, a delicate and temperamental grape considered by many to make the most sensual red wine in the world”. – Karen MacNeil, The Wine Bible
Like Burgundy in France, the Willlamette Valley in Oregon is located on the 45th parallel. Both areas experience approximately the same number of degree days and an average rainfall of around 40 inches a year. Unlike Burgundy however, Oregon receives almost all of it’s precipitation during the winter. This reduces the disease pressure Oregon growers face and also extends the growing season.
Our grapes come from self-rooted Pommard Clone vines. This French clone is one of the first two clones to be planted in Oregon with the other being the Swiss Wadenswil. Pommard is known to be late ripening with dark fruit and spice characteristics.
The vineyard is LIVE certified sustainable and Salmon Safe. It was planted in 1983 which makes these vines some of the oldest Pinot Noir in Oregon. The vines are planted in Woodburn series soils, which is also called Willamette Silt . It formed from the deposits of the Missoula Flood of the last ice age. The soils are deep allowing for the vines to be completely dry farmed.