Situated at 860' atop the Eola Hills, this is our coolest and therefore latest
ripening vineyard. Managed by Dai Crisp, one of Oregon's great
grapegrowers, it is farmed organically. We have two older blocks: one high
on an east facing ridge ("East", six acres), the other slightly lower and facing
south ("Pumphouse", 1.5 acres). Another block, called the "R" block lies on a long, gently south facing field between the two ridges of the vineyard (4.5
acres). It was planted between 2006 and 2009 with the Pommard clones of
Pinot noir on phylloxera resistant rootstock and at a higher density.
The summer of 2015 started off with intense heat that faded off into a very warm and sunny season. Harvest began early with us first picking fruit on September 2 in cooler conditions. Yields were about 15% higher than normal and fruit was as perfect as I have seen. We continued to harvest throughout September and finished by the end of the month. The balance of flavor, tannin, acid, and sugar were as perfect as I have seen in 29 years. I am excited to see how the wines develop.