Vineyards

Zenith vineyard is located on Zena Road in the heart of the Eola Hills. Zenith is owned by Tim and Keri Ramey. This site was formerly known as the O’Connor vineyard, and bottled separately for years by St. Innocent. We source Pommard clone Pinot noir grapes from block 6-G, from vines planted in 2003. Soils here are thin Bellpine and Woodburn over old seafloor. We have made a vineyard-designated wine from Zenith since 2008.

Armstrong vineyard is on Lewis Rogers Lane in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. It is owned by Doug and Michele Ackerman. We work with three parts of the vineyard, all Pinot Noir 114, 115 and 667. The soils in Ribbon Ridge are marine sediment, old seafloor that’s sandy and drains exceptionally well.

 

096Bjornson vineyard is located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, just across the way from the famed Seven Springs vineyard. This is an exceptional neighborhood for Pinot noir grapes, and we’ve been delighted to work with this fruit since 2011. The volcanic soils here give a elegance, with less tannin, more acid and floral aromas. We work with Pommard and Wadenswil clones of Pinot Noir, as well as Gamay Noir.

079 Silvershot vineyard is off 99W on the western side of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. We work with Pinot Noir clones 114 and 115 from own-rooted, non-irrigated vines planted in 2000. Soils here are light brown and tan, with lots of shallow sandstone in what was once the floor of an inland ocean. We began producing wine from Slivershot (formerly Crowley Station) vineyard in 2012.

 

Temperance Hill Vineyard is high in the Eola Hills and home to the oldest vines we work with, Wadenswil clone of Pinot Noir planted on its own roots in 1983. Soils are volcanic, similar to Bjornson up the road. The old vines here give an intensity and length I prize in Pinot Noir.

Brick House Vineyard is located in Ribbon Ridge. From 2016-2018 we’ve worked with Dijon clone Chardonnay here to pair with the Pinot Noir from Armstrong down the road. Marine soils, early ripening but the chardonnay is so delicate and full of finesse.

Dion Vineyard is in the Laurelwood part of the Chehalem Mountains, with silty loess soils. We work with Pinot Noir for the Willamette Valley bottling, clone 115 planted in 2001. We also work with 108 clone of Chardonnay on its own roots from 1988 as well as own-rooted Pinot Gris planted in the same time period.

Andreas Vineyard is in the Van Duzer Corridor AVA, in the far western Willamette Valley where a gap in the coast range allows marine air to flood into the valley in the afternoon. We work with Dijon 76 as well as 108 clone of Chardonnay, both on their own roots from 1991 plantings. This late ripening site gives tremendous acidity and texture and is usually the core of the Chardonnay “Tardive”.