The vineyard is located off the beaten path on the western edge of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in the foothills of the coastal range in Oregon. The vineyard has incredible views of the Willamette valley and the surrounding mountains. On clear days, you can see Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson off in the distance.
The majority of the vineyard was planted in 2012 with additional plantings in 2013 through 2015 to achieve a total of just over 8 acres as of fall 2015. The property is 62 acres in total, leaving plenty of potential for future vineyard plantings.
The aspects and geology of the site are very diverse and dynamic. The elevation of the property ranges from 410 feet to 570 feet. Higher elevations have deep volcanic soils (commonly referred to as Jory) and lower elevations have sedimentary soils. The vineyard has primarily south-facing slopes but also contains east, west and (slightly) north facing slopes as well.
While the vineyard focuses on Pinot Noir, it also has several grape varieties that are uncommon to the area. Approximately 50% of the vineyard contains Sauvignon Blanc, Lagrein, Dolcetto, and Gewürztraminer. The remaining 50% of the vineyard is Pinot Noir plantings of Pommard, 777, (true) 828, and 2A clones.
The vineyard soils have several properties that make amazing grapes for wine. First, the soil is deep and has a high percentage of organic matter which enables it to hold water for the long, hot, and dry summers that the area is known for. Secondly, and seemingly in contradiction, excess water drains away so the vines do not have “wet feet”. Finally, the soils are deficient in nitrogen which stimulates the vine to focus its energy on grape development. A focus on grape development means that the vines develop compounds in the grapes to protect the fruit and attract animals (e.g., color). The culmination of these soil properties results in wines with deep, rich and complex flavors.