Lia’s Vineyard is located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The elevation ranges from 380 to 560 feet and the aspect is primarily due south. The soils are mostly Jory, a dark reddish brown silty clay loam, with a transition to sedimentary series around the 400′ contour. This is fairly typical in the Chehalem Mountains AVA where elevations can range from around 100’ to over 1,000 ft. in elevation and soil types can transition within one vineyard.
Patricia Green Cellars started sourcing fruit from Lia’s Vineyard in 2010. It was not until some moving around from block to block in 2011 and then finally in 2012 that a single vineyard bottling was produced. In 2012 three blocks were settled upon that were intriguing in their own ways and would allow for the creation of a wine that was at once true to its place and completely unique in our cellar because of this selection. A section of Pommard at the very top of the hill that was planted in 1973 is planted in Jory soil, a section of Dijon 115 at the bottom of the site is planted in Marine Sedimentary soil and a very small section of Mariafeld Clone (Clone 23), a rare and unusual clone of Pinot Noir, sits in the soil transition zone.
Our seven other vineyards have the beauty and simplicity of being either in Volcanic or Marine soils. It helps to easily define a key element of their natures. We make a bottling each named after the soil type that is a “root” wine for all the wines that spring from that soil type. Lia’s Vineyard is the only vineyard we source fruit from that crosses the Marine/Volcanic transition and we intentfully pull the wines from each section of the vineyard to pull together a single wine that has the distinct and positive characteristics of each soil type. In a way, the Lia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir bottling is a snapshot at the entirety of the rest of our vineyards and winery. The Pommard in Volcanic soil provides rich and fruit-driven aromatics along with fantastic texture, the Dijon 115 in Marine soil provides a dark-fruited mid-palate, mineral tones and excellent tannic structure and the Mariafeld in the transitional soil has so much acidity, pigment and tannin that a little goes a long way and it serves as the binding agent for the other two clones. This is a fun, interesting and extremely delicious Pinot Noir that benefits from the breadth of ground the vineyard it is sourced from covers.