Durant Vineyard is located on Breyman Orchard Rd slightly down the hill from Balcombe Vineyard. It has a southern exposure, as opposed to a western/southwestern aspect. It is located adjacent to Domaine Drouhin’s Estate Vineyard. This is a historic, old Oregon vineyard, originally planted in 1973. The Durant family has owned, lived on and farmed the property for the past 40+ years. The Durants were pioneers in the Oregon viticulture world, establishing their vineyard just a few years after David Lett of Eyrie Winery and Vineyard planted his first vines only a few hundred yards away from this site.
Patricia Green Cellars’ relationship began with the Durant Vineyard in 2010. Initially, the block that was purchased was the original 1973 planting called the Bishop Block. In 2010 and 2011, only one Durant Vineyard bottling was produced. However, in 2012 a freak spring time hail storm basically stripped these vines of their flowers leaving the plants with essentially no fruit for the vintage. To compensate our production, a 2000 planting of Dijon 115 was purchased. While this was very nice fruit, it was huge, dense and dark which was quite different from the sublime and elegant bottling done the previous two vintages. So the 2012 bottling was called the Durant Vineyard, Madrone Block. In 2013 both bottlings were done. While the Durant Vineyard, Bishop Block is done every year and is one of the most gorgeous, subtle and refined bottlings produced. The Durant Vineyard, Madrone Block bottling is a vintage to vintage decision. The Durant Vineyard, Madrone Block also makes up portions of both the Reserve Pinot Noir and the soil driven Volcanic bottling.
The resilient and incredible soils in the Dundee Hills contribute to the nature of these two wines even though they have widely varying characteristics. Older Dundee Hill vines create wines of incredible breed that show the red fruit profile. This AVA is famed for spice, iron and textures that are silky without lacking tannin to balance the fruit side of the equation. Younger Dundee Hill vines have root systems entrenched in some of the most fertile soil in the region and tend to take the red fruited character upward, showing incredible intensity, vibrancy and panache. They are fun and tantalizing wines that show amazingly well in their youth and appeal to a broad swath of Pinot Noir drinkers.