Shaped by millions of years of plate subduction and volcanic activity, Oregon’s Willamette Valley is one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world. The Willamette Valley AVA was established in 1983, with the initial vineyard plantings beginning in 1966. This 100-mile long, 60-mile wide valley stretches between the Columbia River in the north, to just south of Eugene with the Oregon Coast Range in the west and the Cascade Mountains in the East. Due to the protection of the mountains on eastern and western boundaries, the Willamette Valley is a cooler climate region that provides for a long, gentle growing season, perfect for deliciously complex Pinot noir.
Parent Material: Marine Sediments & Volcanic Rock
Soil Series: Willakenzie, Melbourne & Wellsdale, Nekia & Jory
Vineyards: Abbott Claim, Bonnie Jean, Hirschy, McCrone, Savoya, Shea,
Tanager, Bryce, Latchkey, Canary Hill, Carter, Freedom Hill & Guadalupe
Vintage: The 2020 growing season provided one of the smallest crops in
Oregon’s history. As expected the wines are incredibly rich and expressive but will
be in short supply.
Farming: Sustainable, nutrition-based farming
Aging Regime: 10-11 months in 100% neutral French oak barrels
TA: 6.3 g/L