Having dabbled off and on as an amateur winemaker for fifteen years, I had been looking for the right parcel of land for a small vineyard. In 2003 we found it and realized the long-term dream of growing grapes for our own wine. Originally raw forestland, from logging and clearing to planning and planting, we have overseen the development of our estate vineyard every step of the way. Much of the labor was by our own hands as is the current day to day management of the vineyard.
We are both big fans of Burgundy. Oregon's Willamette Valley is not the Cote d'Or and shouldn't try to be, as it is well established on it's own as a wine region that produces premier pinot noir. Our vineyard naturally lends itself to producing pinot noir that reflects deep red fruit, spice and earth. In a word, balance, and in this way it is a bit like what we love in red burgundy. We strive to grow grapes and produce wines that reflect what we enjoy. We don't try to overextract for dark color, ultraripe flavors and alcohol. We want folks to be able to enjoy our pinot noirs years down the road and we find that balance in the vineyard and winery helps us achieve that goal.
Our pinot gris and pinot blanc are produced in a no oak and fruit forward style that retain freshness and nice acidity. The pinot noir rose' is made with fruit from a specific part of our vineyard dedicated to that wine. These wines as well are able to age for a few years with grace. We hope that you will enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy the opportunity to produce them and make them available to you
Charlie Stanton and Julie Gemmell
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