VINeyards

 
 
I look for vineyards which are thin places, where the temporal and eternal seem to wear thin, and where the layers of farming, the interaction between human and vine, are most focused on revealing, as opposed to forcing or hiding the spirit of place.

Yamhill VINEYARDS

Yamhill-Carlton AVA. 1984/85-planted Wente selection Chardonnay vines grow on own roots in sandy, marine sediment WillaKenzie soils at 400-500' and face due south. Planted in two, non-irrigated blocks, the lower, larger section is impacted more by phylloxera than the smaller, upper section. Starting at the end of 2014, farmer Ralph Stein began vine by vine replanting with vineyard selected Wente on rootstock. The vineyard is farmed sustainably by Ralph and his son, Chris.

Harvest Dates

2014 - 9/27/14

2015 - 9/15/15

2016 - 9/10/16

2017 - 9/29/17 and 10/5/17

2018 - 9/28/18

 

LOUBEJAC

Willamette Valley AVA. Ten-year-old Dijon 76 Chardonnay is farmed organically and without irrigation in Helmick silt loam and Willakenzie silty clay loam soils near Monmouth. Sitting around 330’, it’s slight north-facing exposure allows for high acidity with at sugar and flavor maturity. It is farmed by Bruno Corneaux/Northwest Wine Co.

Harvest Dates

2016 - 9/16/16

2017 - 9/29/17

2018 - 9/26/18 and 9/27/18

 

THE EYRIE VINEYARDS

Dundee Hills AVA. With some of the oldest vines in the Willamette Valley, the Draper selection Chardonnay was planted at The Eyrie Vineyards on own their own roots in the late 1960’s by David Lett. The soils are in the volcanic basalt and clay Jory. The site is south facing at approximately 345’ and is certified organic, non-irrigated and is farmed by Jason Lett.

Harvest Dates

2016 - 9/20/16

2017 - 10/2/17

2018 - 10/2/18

 

DURANT VINEYARD

Dundee Hills AVA. I receive a mix of Dijon clones (95 and 76) from this east facing slope just up the hill from The Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines. The dry farmed vines rooted in volcanic basalt soils were planted in 2000, and thus far have yielded my first picks in 2017 and 2018. The rows in the Southside block sit around 425’ elevation and are fairly wide, as this 60-acre vineyard was originally established in 1973. It is farmed sustainably by Paul Durant.

Harvest Dates

2017 - 9/15/17

2018 - 9/10/18

 

SEVEN SPRINGS VINEYARD

Eola-Amity AVA. I am grateful to lease an acre of mixed Dijon clones (95 and 76) from two blocks at Seven Springs Vineyard, which face southeast at 500’. The South Block has the tightest spacing of any site I work with. This portion of Seven Springs was planted in 2013, although the oldest vines on the property date back to 1984. It is easily one of the most iconic vineyards in the Willamette Valley, and for good reason. Seven Springs is farmed biodynamically by Jessica Cortell’s Vitis Terra outfit. It is a pleasure to work with the dry-farmed vines here, which are rooted in volcanic basalt soils.

Harvest Dates

2017 - 9/28/17

2018 - 9/20/18

 

ALEXELI VINEYARD

Willamette Valley AVA. AlexEli (alex ell-ee) is located in western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, about 45 minutes east of the winery. This is the east valley, and I believe this vineyard is just as important to the identity of the Willamette Valley as what is growing in the more ‘relevant” hillsides of Eola-Amity, Dundee, Yamhill-Carlton, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge or Chehalem. Planted in 1981 by Joe Dobbes’ father, and now farmed sustainably by Phil Kramer and his family. I source high wire, own-rooted, non-irrigated Wente-drived 108 clone growing at 300’, deeply rooted in loam & clay soils over gravel. This site featuring 37-year-old vines offers a wonderful perspective and yields concentrated fruit with high acidities.

Harvest Dates

2017 - 10/9/17

2018 - 9/28/18