At a time when the Dundee Hills was almost exclusively the home to the burgeoning Oregon wine industries’ initial founders, Hal Medici planted his first vines in 1976 on Bell Rd. It is located due north of downtown Newberg in an area that is now part of the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Over the course of the next 25 years, the vineyard was expanded to its current size. Although the vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, Patricia Green Cellars sources only Pinot Noir from four distinct sections.
Medici Vineyard is a good example of what you might find in the large, diverse and far-ranging Chehalem Mountains AVA. Our other two vineyards, Lia's and Olenik, also in this AVA are largely planted in Marine Sedimentary soil. Medici begins at over 500’ in elevation and rises to close to 900’ elevation, putting it squarely in the section of hillside that consists entirely of Volcanic soil. Medici is, in fact, planted in Jory soil which gives it a flavor profile more in common with our Dundee Hills’ wines than wines from the same appellation just down the same road.
In 2015 J. Christopher Winery took over the entire responsibility of the site. We were offered our choice of different blocks in the vineyard under the provision that if we took a designated 4 acres then an additional acre from the original 1976 planting of Pommard would be made available to Patricia Green Cellars as well. 2015 represents our first bottling of Medici Vineyard and even at this early stage it is clear that the wines are delicious and unique. The barrels containing the wines from the oldest vines quite possibly may be the best wines in the cellar. The 2015 Medici Pinot Noir promises to be a special wine with a red-fruited heart and leaner character than our Dundee Hill sites. It has a slightly minerally back-palate profile to add complexity.