Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winegrowing in Oregon's Willamette Valley has been well established since the 1860s.  The Valley is a large and climatically diverse region extending more than 150 miles from Portland to Eugene, dwarfing valleys such as Napa.  Since the valley is exposed directly to maritime airflow off the Pacific Ocean, site selection and management is absolutely critical to fruit quality. Winters are mild, but cool, wet summers make the work of achieving optimum ripeness and balance every winemaker’s challenge. Our Pinot noir comes from a vineyard in the southern part of the valley, specifically situated above the fog line of the Valley floor, but below the wind line where ripeness is often impaired.  The gently sloping, southern facing vineyards, featuring brick-red volcanic soils that drain particularly well, produce a Pinot noir displaying dark ruby coloring and a robust palate.

In Oregon, each vintage is an expression of that year and place. Our Oregon Collection wines exhibit not only the classic characteristics of their varietals, but also unique nuances in their flavor profiles.