Olenik Vineyard

Olenik Vineyard is adjacent to Lia’s Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. It runs down the center of the hillside whereas Lia’s crawls along and eventually up the hillside. Both were originally part of Rex Hill's Jacob-Hart Vineyard established by Paul Hart, in the early 1990s. John Olenik purchased this section of the vineyard in 2007 and has added more plantings to the original purchase. Since Olenik Vineyard runs down to hill from Lia’s, it is planted exclusively in Marine Sedimentary soil.

Patricia Green Cellars originally began sourcing fruit from Olenik Vineyard in 2009 from a section of Wadensvil Clone planted in 1991. When Wadensvil Clone is planted in Marine Sedimentary soil it produces exceptional wines that are deft, graceful and so full of minerality that they often smell of quartz. This was quite a coup for the winery and the 2009 and 2010 were among the best wines produced those vintages. In 2011 another section of the vineyard was offered to Patricia Green Cellars. It was a section planted to Pommard Clone in 2008. The unique nature of the block made it impossible to pass up. Usually we do not have much interest in extremely young fruit as the quality can be suspect, the nature of the wine can change greatly each year, yields can be wildly inconsistent and tougher vintages are harder on the young plants. In short, you are not entirely sure what you are going to end up with each year. This section of the vineyard is now known as the Anklebreaker Block. Due to its amazingly rocky soil, it creates difficult and dangerous footing while treading through the vineyard.

The Wadensvil and Pommard sections produce outstandingly different wines. While born from the same relatively small vineyard, the Olenik Vineyard, Wadensvil Clone is a graceful, sleet, austere wine that smells of white crystal and has graceful tannins and is generally light in pigmentation. The Olenik Vineyard, Anklebreaker Block (not bottled on its own since 2012) is a brooding, dark, dense, heady wine that is powerful, tannic and rustic in a domestic wine sort of way. They are bottled separately because they deserve and demand to be shown for what they are on their own terms. This is the beauty of Pinot Noir when made in a way that is oriented toward showing the nature of the site and not the whims and desires of the winemakers. These are very free wines that are perfect in their own way even if their natures are to be polar opposites of one another.