All of our vineyards are either organically or sustainably farmed to produce textures, aromatics and flavors that are specific to the site from which they are born. It is foremost about making the best wines possible, but also about investing in, honoring and keeping alive the history of Oregon’s great, heritage vineyards. The barrel room we call our “Heritage Vineyard Room” embodies the essence of our winery while showcasing Oregon’s historic sites. - Jim Anderson
Below please enjoy a small sampling of current release wines. A full list of wines from the 2019, 2018 and 2017 vintages can be viewed using the links/drop down menus above.
VINIFICATION: Multiple fermentations ranging from completely de-stemmed to 66% whole cluster.
PICKING DATE: Various dates in early October TONS/ACRE: 2.65 tons/acre on average
OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars PRODUCTION: 978 cases bottled
Winemaking and Notes:Winemaking and Notes:As the Estate vines tap their roots deep into the soft sub-soil they eventually make contact with the mineralized water on the property. This brings a whole new element to the flavor and texture profile of the wine. This bottling comes from barrels sourced from both the West and East Etzel Blocks done both destemmed and with 50% whole cluster fermentations, a 1990 planting of Pinot Gris that was grafted to Pommard in 2002 that was done with three fermenters of destemmed fruit which were all pressed together, a 1997 planting of Pommard on a steep southwest facing slope that was all fermented with 50% whole clusters and 9 barrels of Wadensvil (for the first time ever in this bottling!) with fermentations ranging from destemmed to 66% whole cluster. Given the diversity within the vineyard (we have a 360-degree aspect on our hillside vineyard) and the range of vine age (22-33 years) we were able to pick at different times and then blend this together with a greater degree of diversity than we have ever had available. The wine was bottled with just over 20% new barrel. The assemblage for this particular wine is always fascinating, because you can see the wine come together as the elements from each block are added in. This wine is one of the few truly older vine bottlings that exists from Ribbon Ridge. Older vineyards here, have the capacity to translate the mineral laden nature of our water and soil into the refined, focused nature of the fruit. This AVA is a special place and makes some of the most interesting, dramatic and amazing as some of our bottlings, and this is one of them!