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2017 Balcombe Block 1B Pinot Noir

AVA: Dundee Hills     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 600’-650’       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990       CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard    

VINEYARD SIZE: 7.25-acre vineyard, 1.7-acre block     VINIFICATION: 2.5 and 1.75 ton open-top fermenters done wiht 60 and 50% whole cluster fermentations respectively.

PICKING DATE: 10/17/17     TONS/ACRE: 1.85  

OWNERS: Joyce Cooke    PRODUCTION: 244 cases bottled

*WINE CLUB ONLY

Wine Making and Notes: What is there to say that has not been said over the previous 17 vintages of this wine? It is amazingly consistent. It has powerful and darker-than-normal Dundee Hills fruit with a brooding tannin structure that we have worked at accentuating by using a greater degree of whole cluster fermentation. The 2017 is about the same level as the wonderful and rich 2016 bottling. If this wine has been your go to over the years, it will be again this year. This is a wine club only offering. *WINE CLUB ONLY

 

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2017 Balcombe Vineyard Pinot Noir

AVA: Dundee Hills     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 600’-650’       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990       CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard    

VINEYARD SIZE: 7.25-acre vineyard     VINIFICATION: 1.75-ton open-top fermenters done with 20% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: 10/17/17     TONS/ACRE: 1.85  

OWNERS: Joyce Cooke    PRODUCTION: 464 cases bottled

Winemaking and Notes: Balcombe Vineyard is simply one of the best vineyards we work with and every year it produces wines of terrific quality that are absolutely true to the Dundee Hills. For those of you who don’t know, this site is located toward the top of the Dundee Hills on Breyman Orchard Rd. It was planted in 1990 to Pommard and we have worked with the fruit every year since 1997, so we have become pretty accustom to how the grapes grow, ripen and ferment into wine. All of these aspects are very important pieces of making high quality Pinot Noir.

 

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2017 Durant Vineyard, Bishop Block Pinot Noir

AVA: Dundee Hills     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1973      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 60-acre vineyard, 4-acre PGC block     VINIFICATION: Two 1.5-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole cluster and three fermenters done with 20% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: September 13th      TONS/ACRE: 2.95

OWNERS: The Durant Family     PRODUCTION: 350 cases bottled

Two fermenters of fruit were 100% de-stemmed and went through a normal cold soak of 4 to 5 days and then was fermented in 1.75-ton open-top fermenters and was punched down 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. Two other fermenters were done with 20% whole clusters, went through a standard cold soak of about 5-6 days, pumped over 1x/day until fermentation began and then was pigeaged 1x/day until dry and then was pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. The wine spent about 10 months in barrel in 33% new oak. 5 and ½ barrels of the 20% whole cluster fermentation barrels were selected and 3 ½ from the 100% whole cluster fermentations. This combination allows for the forward, supple nature of Dundee Hills fruit to be showcased while in check by the old vine, mineral-driven elements of the 100% whole cluster barrels. This is a wine that has old bones and sensibilities to it while still having the stuffing that Dundee Hill wines are known for.

These now monster vines were planted back in 1973 making them some of the oldest vines in Oregon and thus giving this bottling an historical aspect to it. 44 year-old vines in Oregon are exceptionally rare both because there was so little planted acreage back then and because some of that acreage has been re-planted due to phylloxera That this site and wine exist at all is somewhat of a minor miracle. In part due to this, this wine knows exactly what it wants to be. This is finesse, subtleness, elegance and discreet balance all backed up by a sneaky and looming firmness that comes on in the back of the wine. Only older vines make wines like this. This is not a wine that needs to make a dramatic entrance because all the work is done on the back end.

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2017 Durant Vineyard, Madrone Blk, Pinot Noir

AVA: Dundee Hills      LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’        SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 2000      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Dijon 115

VINEYARD SIZE: 60-acre vineyard, 3.1-acre PGC block    VINIFICATION: One 8-ton open-top fermenter done 100% destemmed and two 1.75 ton done with 100% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: 10/02/17       TONS/ACRE: 3.44

OWNERS: The Durant Family   PRODUCTION: 170 cases

Wine Making and Notes:

The Madrone Block’s Dijon 115 planting creates a much different Pinot Noir than the Pommard Clone from the Bishop Block, and it is special enough to be bottled on its own. In the 2017 we utilized an 8 ton open top fermenter for all of the de-stemmed fruit from this block. This requires and intense regiment of pumping over while punching down to ensure both gentle and effective reincorporation of solids with the juice. Four of the seven barrels were chosen from this lot. The remaining two fermenters were 100% whole cluster fermentations to provide a level of structure and savory aspects into the densely fruited large de-stemmed fermentation. The remaining three barrels of the bottling were selected from these ferments. So, this still brings in the velvety texture that Dundee Hills Pinot Noirs can have although the more rigid tannin from the one barrel can be felt in the back of the wine, if only for a fleeting moment. This is definitely deep in fruit and oozing with textural appeal. This borders right on sultry as all bottlings of this block have since we began producing it in 2012. Almost certainly, this is the single vineyard designate with the most upfront appeal to it. This will show sweet red fruits which are certainly a staple of the vintage with classic Dundee Hill sweet spices. Hard not to like.

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2017 Estate Vineyard Old Vine Pinot Noir

AVA: Ribbon Ridge      LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’          SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard     VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard

VINIFICATION: Multiple fermentations ranging from completely de-stemmed to 50% whole cluster.  

PICKING DATE: Various dates in early October           TONS/ACRE: 2.5 tons/acre on average

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars          PRODUCTION: 542 cases bottled

Winemaking and Notes:  As the Estate vines tap their roots deep into the soft sub-soil they eventually make contact with the mineralized water on the property. This brings a whole new element to the flavor and texture profile of the wine. This bottling comes from the original 1984 planting of Pommard which was fermented with 50% whole clusters (most of this block was used for a First Vines bottling in 2017), a 1990 planting of Pinot Gris that was grafted to Pommard in 2002 that was done with three fermenters of 0, 50 and 100% whole cluster which were all pressed together, and a 1997 planting of Pommard on a steep west facing slope that was all fermented completely destemmed. Given the diversity within the vineyard (we have a 360-degree aspect on our hillside vineyard) and the range of vine age (21-34 years) we were able to pick at different times and had fermentations that ranged from 100% de-stemmed to 50% whole cluster. The wine was bottled with just under 20% new barrel. The assemblage for this particular wine is always fascinating because you can see the wine come together as the elements from each block are added in. This wine is one of the few truly older vine bottlings that exists from Ribbon Ridge. Older vineyards here, have the capacity to translate the mineral laden nature of our water and soil into the refined, focused nature of the fruit. This AVA is a special place and as interesting, dramatic and amazing as some of our specialty bottlings from this site are, this one is the mother of them all.
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2017 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

AVA: Ribbon Ridge      LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450'          SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: 50% Pommard & 50% Dijon 777      VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard

TONS/ACRE: 3.25            VINIFICATION: Pommard fermented in 1.75 open-top fermenters, 100% destemmed, Wadensvil also in 1.75 ton fermenters done 60% whole cluster.

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars      PICKING DATE: 9/30, 10/02 and 10/04/17  

PRODUCTION: 615 cases bottled

Wine Making and Notes:

This bottling has always been the powerful view of this vineyard site and we still have blocks in the vineyard in the 7-20-year-old range that have not made (will not make?) the change to the far more stylish and mineral-driven Estate Old Vine style. That is fine. Our Estate Vineyard is fairly large and incredibly diverse so having two wholly different wines coming off of it is hardly surprising or in any difficult to deal with. To us, this is the exciting part of Pinot Noir and vineyard management, and the marriage of the two in winemaking. The wine is dark in color, dense in earth-tinged dark fruits and relatively thick with tannins. However, as the vineyard has aged, fewer blocks are still producing this style of wine that seems to be indicative of the young vines. This comes from just three blocks: a 1998 southeast-facing planting of Pommard, a 2000 south-southeast facing planting of Pommard at lower elevation and a 1997 planting of Wadensvil that faces northeast and northwest. The wine is mostly Pommard with just a touch of the Wadensvil rounding it out. The composition of this wine changes regularly vintage to vintage. The Pommard was 100% de-stemmed, went through a standard cold soak of about 4-7 days depending on the block, fermented in 1.75-ton open-top fermenters and was pigeaged 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. The Wadensvil was done as 60% whole cluster and despite the difference in clone and whole cluster fermentations the fermenters and the handling of the fruit in fermenter were the same. This spent a little less than a year in barrel with 20% being new and the rest that were previously used between two and six times so there is minimal oak influence in this wine. These vines do not have the root depth of the significantly older sections of the vineyard and therefore do not necessarily feed upon and drink the same material. Since we dry farm these younger vines, even at 16-20 years of vine age they are still under a bit of duress. This leads to small, tight clusters and fairly thick skins. This gives the wine its trademark dark, almost purplish color and hefty, dense tannic structure. This is filled in quite easily by liqueur-like dark fruit. This can be a bit savage in nature when youthful but it comes around surprisingly fa

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2017 Estate Vineyard, Bonshaw Block Pinot Noir

AVA: Ribbon Ridge     LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’     SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard     YEAR PLANTED:1990

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard, 1.0-acre block   

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars   


The Bonshaw Block is on the south slope of our Estate hillside, around 1.5 acres. We only harvested approximately 1.4 tons from this section of 100% old vine Pommard Clone. Needless to say, this vintage nailed it. This bottling has intensity and power with dark fruit notes, all while maintaining the classic Pinot Noir sweetness displayed when the block is on its game. What has always made this bottling stand out is the combination of texture and structure. This wine has a full, round, opulent palate, but at the same time it brings in forceful tannins so there is context to all its dimensions.

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2017 Estate Vineyard, Etzel Block Pinot Noir

AVA: Ribbon Ridge      LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’      SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard, Dijon 114      YEAR PLANTED: 1986, 2001

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard, 2.55-acre block    VINIFICATION: mostly 50% whole cluster fermentations

PICKING DATE: 10/05/17 and 10/08/17   TONS/ACRE: 3.49

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars    PRODUCTION: 260 cases bottled

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Wine Making and Notes: Named as such because this section of our vineyard planted in 1986 slopes to the northeast directly toward our neighbor Beaux Freres. The name is an homage to the owner and winemaker there, Mike Etzel. This wine has always pulled some of the most interesting characteristics out of the site and that is its reason for existing on its own. For some reason this has always been the most nuanced, most mineral-driven, most particularly Pinot Noir-sous bois sort of thing going on of all our wines. There are 2 sections within the East Etzel Block and for the first time they are both being used in this bottling. The older Pommard (planted in 1986) was 20% whole cluster and went through a standard cold soak of about 5 day, fermented in a single 1.75 ton open top fermenter and was pigeaged 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. The Dijon 114 was done 100% de-stemmed, went through a standard cold soak of about 5 days, fermented in two separate 1.75 ton open top fermenters and was pumped over until fermentation started and then it was only pigeaged 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. This spent a little less than a year in 17% new barrels along with a combination of a one time and a four times used barrel. This wine is aromatically extremely complex and nuanced to a fault. Minerality and seductive darker fruits combine with great complexity on the palate to create a wine that shows how elegant, intricate, intense and soil-influenced older vine Pinot Noirs from Ribbon Ridge can be. The addition of whole cluster fermentation furthers the aromatic qualities and drives the graphite notes on the palate and tightens the tannins up on the back end. *WINE CLUB ONLY

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2017 Estate Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir

AVA: Ribbon Ridge        LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’            SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

YEAR PLANTED: 1997   CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard, 3.1-acre Wadensvil block

Wine Making and Notes: This 3.1 acre block in the very back of the vineyard was planted in 1997. When we bought the property in 2000 this section was had nearly quite had it. In July of 2000 this section was already entirely rife with yellow leaves. The plants were simply over-taxed from a large crop load in their first year of production followed by a dry summer and there was no hope that the fruit was going to ripen so it was all dropped off in hopes of rescuing the plants. Over the next several years this block was attended to with a special fury and the wine got incrementally better. By 2014 the block had made a complete transformations and was serving as one of the major components of the Estate Vineyard bottling.

In 2015, when this block entered the “Oh yeah, this is a stand-alone wine now” zone we were extremely excited. Wadensvil Clone planted in marine soils make really spectacular wines once the vines get to the point of maturity. The 2017 is an excellent follow from the first two vintages that proceeded it. Simply gorgeous aromatically and on the palate, but underpinned by the darker notes our site provides. It is laced with minerality and super-fine tannin structure - this is a classic Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir!

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2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

AVA: Willamette Valley           LOCATION: Burnell Rd.  

ELEVATION: 500’                    SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 2000           CLONAL MATERIAL: Dijon Clone 115, Pommard, Coury Clone & Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, ~11-acre PGC block

VINIFICATION: Various: fermentations ranging from 0-100% in both 1.75- and 2.5-top open-top fermenters

PICKING DATE: 9/27-10/06/17          TONS/ACRE: Approx. 3.50

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee           PRODUCTION: 710 cases bottled

This bottling is comprised of 80% Dijon 115 across all three blocks with all wines containing 40-50% whole clusters in the fermentation. About 15% comes from the older vine Wadensvil which was fermented with about 60% whole clusters. The Coury and Pommard round out the blend. This wine was in barrel for a little less than a year in around 20% new oak and a combination of once-five times used barrels. It has the deep pigmentation, floral aromatics, intense mid-palate sweetness with structured finishing tannins. It is funny to us that this is our “regular” bottling of Freedom Hill simply due to the existence of our small clonal bottlings. By any measure this is a terrific, site-specific Pinot Noir from one of Oregon’s classic and historical vineyards. This has incredibly well-farmed material that provides the wine with great intensity and balance. This is far from “regular” but nonetheless here at PGC that is what it is although we have taken to calling it “Freedom Hill Classic!”. Bang for the buck/Quality-to-price ratio/however you want to term it, this wine is off the charts. This has so much to it that it will drink well almost immediately, but the upside is that it will drink beautifully a decade from now.

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2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Coury Clone Pinot Noir

AVA: Willamette Valley   LOCATION: Burnell Rd., Dallas, OR  

ELEVATION: 500’    SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 1998    CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Coury

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, 1.1-acre PGC block  VINIFICATION: 2.5-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole cluster and 35% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: 09/27/17     TONS/ACRE: 3.23

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee      PRODUCTION: 216 cases bottled

Wine Making and Notes: Coury Clone Pinot Noir has a fascinating background tale that is literally rooted in the earliest history of the Oregon wine industry. The short version is that Charles Coury submitted his master’s thesis for cool climate winegrowing to the University of California at Davis while studying in Alsace, France in 1964. He brought cuttings back to the U.S. when he returned that summer. From these small and straight forward beginnings the plantings and legend of the Coury Clone begins. For a full and detailed account of this very, very interesting agricultural story that was lost to history for some time please go to The Price of Pinot’s website (http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/1214/) and read for yourself.

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2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Dijon 115 Clone 50% Whole Cluster Pinot Noir

AVA: Willamette Valley       LOCATION: Burnell Rd.  

ELEVATION: 500’                SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 2004       CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Dijon 115

PICKING DATE:     TONS/ACRE:  3.34

VINIFICATION: 1.75-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole cluster.

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, 11-acre PGC block  

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee      Production:  280 cases

Wine Making and Notes: As always this is simply perfect material from one single block of the vineyard (East Liberty Block), all Dijon 115 Clone Pinot Noir planted in 2004. This bottling has always emphasized the ability of whole cluster fermentation to shine with fruit from this vineyard. Nine barrels came from 50% whole cluster ferments, 5 from 100% and 4 from 20% whole cluster ferments. This mix deftly mixes the more fruit forward aspects of lower whole cluster usage with the aromatic and complexity inherent to higher whole cluster ferments.  There are no new barrels on this wine and, in fact, there is only one barrel that was used just once previously. The bulk of the barrels used for this wine were completely neutral so to further enhance the incredible nature of this vineyard-driven bottling. This has a strong, black-fruited tone to it with a range of flavors and spices mingled in for complexity. The tannins are sticky and firm and born entirely of the fruit. This wine will reward with a long life of aging, but will also be appreciated by fans of intense and sinewy Pinots in its youth.

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2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir

AVA: Willamette Valley       LOCATION: Burnell Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’                SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 2001        CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

OWNERS: Dan & Helen Dusschee      

This trio of wines, where we attempt to show you the nature of Freedom Hill Vineyard through the lens of a single clone, have been exceptionally popular and very well received. The 2015 Dijon 115 was referred to as “sharing the traits of Romanee St. Vivant” while the Pommard “could pass for a New World Richebourg” by Josh Reynolds of Vinous.com. Despite that high praise it was the 2015 Coury Clone that netted the highest score of the three wines with 95 points.

The 2016s are largely by the boards already at this juncture, but the 2017s operate in the same sort of stratosphere as previous vintages. The Dijon 115 will be selected from a wider variety of barrels than ever before and its depth, character and complexity will reflect its larger pool of possible components. The Pommard may well turn out to be the most fascinating of the six bottlings we have made previously of this intense version of Freedom Hill. The Coury Clone will be, as always, the crown jewel of the cellar, combining amazing aromatics, fantastic texture and unique flavors.

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2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Wadensvil Clone Pinot Noir

AVA: Willamette Valley           LOCATION: Burnell Rd.  

ELEVATION: 500’                    SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 1998           CLONAL MATERIAL:  Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, ~11-acre PGC block

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee          

We have been making wines from Freedom Hill since 2012 and have bottled 22 individual Pinot Noirs from here in those five vintages. Freedom Hill is a great site, owned and farmed by wonderful people and it has become, behind only our Estate Vineyard, the second most important vineyard in our broad and diverse cellar. We started with the older vine Wadensvil (we get two separate blocks, one older and one younger) in 2016 but waited a year to see if we could more completely realize the potential of the block.

Our instincts proved correct. The terrific thing about the Freedom Hill Pinot Noirs is that they all show the inherent deeper, bolder, more structured character that the site possesses and is well known for while also allowing a distinctly violet-y aromatic note to add a level of delicacy and grace to the wines. Wadensvil loves marine soil and it definitely benefits from anything that will add a floral note to it already floral nature. Combining with the inherent structure of Freedom Hill allows for this wine to stretch out in ways that seem impossible. This wine has great range across both its vertical axis (aromatics and flavor) and its horizontal access (power and depth) that it creates a Pinot Noir with a great amount of space to it. This is a wine that is very comfortable with itself and allows you room to explore what it has to offer.

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2017 Hyland Vineyard Coury Pinot Noir

AVA: McMinnville    LOCATION: Vineyard Ln.

ELEVATION: 650’    SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1989      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Coury

VINEYARD SIZE: 135-acre vineyard, 1.4-acre PGC block    VINIFICATION: Four 1.5-ton open-top fermenters done 100% destemmed.

PICKING DATE: 10/07/17       TONS/ACRE: 3.36

OWNERS: Laurent Monthelieu     PRODUCTION: 216 cases bottled


Winemaking and Notes: This is an amazing old vineyard. How, back in 1972, someone decided to plant this insanely remote vineyard well southwest of McMinnville is sort of beyond me. Nonetheless, this nearly 50 year-old vineyard is the defining site in the McMinnville AVAs and is one of the renowned vineyards in the state of Oregon. The site is farmed biodynamically and the attention to detail there is amazing, especially when one takes into account the size (around 135 acres). We were offered a small section of the site planted to Coury Clone in 1989. Given our predilection for collecting the great sites of Oregon in our cellar, our desire to work with beautifully farmed old vine fruit and our obsession with Coury Clone this was a no-brainer.

Our instincts proved correct. This is easily one of the top wines in the cellar from 2017 and given that we bottled 26 other Pinot Noirs that is saying a lot. Having the experience with the Freedom Hill Coury Clone definitely gave us insight into what the potential was and what the experience of the clone’s impact within the context of the site’s terroir was going to be but, holy cow, we did not know we were getting something like this. Hyland is higher elevation and thus in volcanic (Jory) soil while Freedom Hill is lower and in marine (Bellpine) soil. The difference the soil has here across the clone is striking. While still possessing the interesting aromatics and tea-like characteristics the fruit is strikingly red-dominated and the texture is a magical, ethereal veil that allows the flavors to deftly cruise over it making for a discreet, sublime and incredibly complex wine. This is an exciting wine from a brilliant, esoteric site and

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2017 Marine Sedimentary Pinot Noir

AVA: Chehalem Mountains     SOIL TYPE: Marine Sedimentary         PRODUCTION: 124 cases bottled

Winemaking and Notes: The Marine Sedimentary bottling takes wine from selected blocks and barrels from multiple sites. Our entire Estate Vineyard, both the Pommard (Anklebreaker Block) and the Wadensvil Clone from the Olenik Vineyard, and Dijon 115 and Mariafeld Clone from Lia’s Vineyard were blended to show how the silty marine soil both drives our plants lives and produces wines that are distinct on their own; such a huge contrast to the Dundee Hills wines that we produce and in particular the soil-based Volcanic bottling that we also make. The interaction of dark fruits, stony/earthy-driven characteristics from the Pommard, sweetness from the Dijon 115, and acid and tannin from the Mariafeld produce a wine that will appeal to those that want secondary characteristics, structure, cool minerality and restraint. This is the inherent nature of wines from vineyards planted in these soils. The basis and largest component of this bottling is the Anklebreaker Block at Olenik, which makes up nearly 55% of the overall blend. From there, equal amounts of the Lia Vineyard Mariafeld Clone and four separate sections of our Estate Vineyard fruit round out and give harmony to the wine. No new barrels were used so as to further show the explicit nature of this wine’s literal roots.

Site Characteristics:While this wine falls outside of our normal winemaking pattern since it is from an assemblage of vineyards as opposed to one specific vineyard site, it still retains the idea of place as important in the overall context. The approach to bottling certainly began with the same philosophical principles we apply to our vineyard designated wines. Ribbon Ridge is a small hillside stretch winding up against a steep, narrow valley that essentially winds its way out to the Oregon Coast. This valley was created thousands of years ago when a huge flood rolled through leaving this area under water for a considerable period of time. The eastern side of the valley’s hills generally face south and southwest at elevations of up to around 600 feet. With the Chehalem Mountains to our east, the Dundee Hills to the south and the Coast Range only a few miles to the west this is an isolated area where you can often times actually see the weather systems go around us in a variety of directions. This little area has its own microclimate. But what truly sets it apart is the soil. The years of being under water created a soil classification known as Marine Sedimentary of which there are several sub-classifications. This is a talc-y, dry soil set atop a sandstone sub-soil. Drainage is nearly instantaneous and special efforts have to be made to aerate, feed and nurture the soil so as to promote more moisture retention. Since we do not believe in irrigating our vineyards, we have needed to be very proactive in addressing the relationship between soil management and vine health that is an everyday part of farming in Ribbon Ridge.


 

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2017 Medici Vineyard Pinot Noir

AVA: Chehalem Mountains    LOCATION: Bell Rd. north of Newberg  

ELEVATION: 500-900’     SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 1976     CLONES: 50% Pommard, 50% Dijon 777

VINEYARD SIZE: 25-acre vineyard, ~1-acre PGC Pinot Noir blocks    

VINIFICATION: 1 open-top 2.5 ton fermenters done 100% de-stemmed

PICKING DATE: October 1st       TONS/ACRE: 2.25

OWNER: Hal Medici     PRODUCTION: 168 cases bottled

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2017 Mysterious Pinot Noir

AVA: Dundee Hills       Location: Worden Hill Rd.

Elevation:425’                         Soil Type: Jory

Year Planted:1990                 Clonal Material: 100% Pommard

Winemaking and Notes: To our delight this has become a regular feature in the cellar. After going from 2010-2013 without access to this incredible and deservedly famous Dundee Hills site, we have had it 3 of the past 4 vintages. This is consistently the deepest and most “WOW” inducing Pinot we produce. It should be. The vineyard is simply one of the great vineyards in North America regardless of variety. (Still cannot use the vineyard designate on the label or tell you what it is here in the newsletter though).

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2017 Notorious Pinot Noir

In 2016 the eight selected barrels come from Balcombe Vineyard (2 barrels of Pommard planted in 1990 and fermented with 20% whole cluster and 60% whole cluster from Blocks 1A and 1B), Durant Vineyard-Bishop Block (1 barrel from 44 year old Pommard clone vines and fermented with 20% whole clusters) and the vineyard we moniker as Mysterious (a 1990 planting of Pommard done with 20% whole clusters). All three of these vineyards are planted in the Dundee Hills. 3 total barrels from Freedom Hill Vineyard (2 barrels from the Dijon 115 sections that were done with 50% and 100%whole cluster fermentations and 1 barrel from the Coury Clone block was done with 35% whole cluster). Freedom Hill Vineyard is located just outside of the Eola-Amity Hills. Lastly a barrel from the Lakeview Block in our Estate Vineyard was used (a 1997 planting of Pommard on the south slope of the hillside and done completely de-stemmed) to round out the blend.

179 Cases Produced

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2017 Olenik Vineyard, Anklebreaker Block Pinot Noir

AVA: Chehalem Mountains                LOCATION: Kings Grade Rd.  

ELEVATION: 325’                                 SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 2007                        CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 32-acre vineyard, ~1.0-acre PGC Wadensvil block

VINIFICATION: 2 open-top 1.75 ton fermenters, each done with 35% whole cluster fermentation

PICKING DATE: September 26th      TONS/ACRE: 3.25

OWNER: John & Susan Olenik         PRODUCTION: 197 cases bottled

Winemaking and Notes:This is a lower lying section in Olenik Vineyard planted to Pommard clone in 2006 and the name references the rock-strewn nature of this section of the vineyard. This is definitely the warmest spot in the site with the radiant heat from the rocks and this was picked early on in the 2017 harvest at moderate level of brix belying this wine’s deep, dark color and powerful overall nature. This is only our third time bottling this section and the first time since the legendary 2012 bottling. We are very pleased to be able to show the characteristics of this utterly unique piece of ground in Oregon. The Anklebreaker moniker is a visual description of the ground this part of the vineyard is planted in. The basalt boulders, rocks and stones in the section of the vineyard are no doubt part of a long ago land slide from further up the embankment and they give the block an eerie similarity to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Somehow, the name seems to also convey the style of wine to expect and delivered. This is broad-shouldered Pinot Noir with deep and very dark fruit flavors. This is years away from any sort of peak but certainly provides satisfaction at the big-boy level in the short run. This is an electrifying and completely unique Pinot Noir. Even within a cellar that boasts an amazing level of diversity this Pinot Noir stands out as freakishly different. Drink at your own risk.

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2017 Olenik Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir

AVA: Chehalem Mountains    LOCATION: Kings Grade Rd.

ELEVATION: 375’       SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 1991     CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 32-acre vineyard, ~2.7-acre PGC Wadensvil block   VINIFICATION: 2 open-top 1.5 ton fermenters. One fermenter containing 100% de-stemmed fruit, the other containing 60% whole cluster fruit.

PICKING DATE: October 5th     TONS/ACRE: 2.0

OWNER: John & Susan Olenik      PRODUCTION: 288 cases bottled              

Winemaking and Notes: The combination of marine sedimentary soil and Wadensvil creates a nearly perfect intersection for Pinot Noir in Oregon. Wadensvil tends toward more elegant, high-toned and red-fruited wines while the sedimentary soil adds an element of structure and turns the wine distinctly toward a very mineral-driven mid-palate and finish. The ten barrels that make up this wine come equally from a fermentation that was done with 60% whole clusters and from a fermenter that was 100% de-stemmed. Despite the differences in the make-up of the fermentations the bins were both pigeaged 1x/day and pressed separately on the same day. The fruit that was fermented with 60% whole clusters emphasizes minerals, spices and back-palate structure all of which provide tension in the herb-laced red fruit. The de-stemmed barrels are a rush of sweet, feminine red fruit with a velvet-like texture. We’ve been using this combination for this particular bottling for the past couple of vintages in some form or another. The whole clusters give an incredible backbone to the wine that lends an austerity that benefits it not only down the road but in the here and now, allowing it to be the wine from the Chehalem Mountains that is the most elegant, graceful and refined of the bottlings. This wine is incredibly aromatic and floral but still allows for the back palate to be the guiding force. This is a sneaky, subtle wine that will playfully hint at grandiosity.*WINE CLUB ONLY

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2017 Reserve Pinot Noir

In short, this wine is a smoking deal!  This bottling comes from terrific sources. This is extremely high quality wine across the board. Four Dundee Hill site ranging in age from 18-44 years make up about 30% of the bottling. Another third (slightly more) comes from our Estate Vineyard and almost all of the rest from Freedom Hill. There are seriously great bones here and this wine will stand up to many, many much higher priced bottlings.

AVA's Represented in Reserve Blend: Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains & Willamette Valley

Clones Represented in Reserve Blend: Pommard- 44.40%, Dijon Clone 115- 27.03%, Dijon Clone 114- 13.51%, Wadensvil- 7.34%, Dijon Clone 777- 4.63%, Coury Clone- 1.93%, Mariafeld- 1.16%.

Production: 6,000 cases bottled.

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2017 Volcanic Pinot Noir

AVA: Dundee Hills              SOIL TYPE: Jory               PRODUCTION:  242 cases bottled

 

Winemaking and Notes:This bottling comes equally from the high elevation, 1990 plantings of Pommard in Balcombe Vineyard, the mid-tier elevation of both the 44 year-old Pommard clone vines in Durant Vineyard’s Bishop Block and the Dijon 115 in the 18 year-old Madrone Block, the 38-year old vines from Weber Vineyard and from a Worden Hill Rd. site planted in 1990 that is bottled under the name ‘Mysterious’. This mix allows us to take from the cooler, windier Breyman Orchard sites (Balcombe and Durant) as well as the cool vineyard within the warm growing area (Worden Hill Rd.) to show a complete picture of the Dundee Hills and its volcanic soil influences. While some element of whole cluster fermentations barrels was used, no new barrels were incorporated so as to show the clearest path from soil to wine as possible. This wine has a dynamic set of vineyards that make it up. What comes forth is pure Dundee Hills goodness. Red fruits and spices combine on an incredible textural lattice making this wine both edu-mah-cational and very difficult to not find appealing. Come for the geology, stay for the incredible taste.

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2017 Weber Vineyard Pinot Noir

AVA: Dundee Hills      LOCATION: Worden Hill Rd.

ELEVATION: 450’      SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1978     CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 31-acre vineyard, ~3-acre PGC block    VINIFICATION: 2 open-top 1.5 ton fermenters done with 100% whole clusters and 3 fermenters done with 20% whole clusters

PICKING DATE: 9/20/16    TONS/ACRE: 3.25

OWNER: Vivian Weber    PRODUCTION: 288 cases bottled

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Winemaking and Notes: On top of that there simply aren’t many 35+ year old vineyards in Oregon. Weber Vineyard is perhaps the purest Dundee Hills Pinot Noir that we have. In our dozen years working with this vineyard it has routinely produced one of our top wines of the vintage. Aromatically intense and very complex for such a young wine, focused and concentrated on the palate with great acidity and nervy tannins to draw everything together with great length and delicate force. This is complete, age-worthy, unique all while still being a distinctly Worden Hill Rd. Pinot Noir. Beautiful wine for old vine Dundee Hills vineyard fans.  *WINE CLUB ONLY
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