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2021 Vintage Summary

So, what does a pelican-laden harvest following a dry, uniquely hot summer bring in terms of the wines? The answer is perhaps not what you would expect. It wasn’t what we were expecting and the surprise is very pleasant one. When we began picking, the two initial surprises were the moderate sugar levels and higher than expected acidity level in the fruit. Regardless of the location or the variety, we encountered sugar levels that were only slightly higher, on average, than in 2019 which is widely seen as a cooler vintage (it wasn’t, really) and a very good vintage as well. Overall makeup of the acidity profiles in 2021 were similar to, and in many instances, higher or at least more robust than in 2019. We joked that people simply are not going to believe us when we start talking about the lower alcohol, higher acid Pinot Noirs from the 2021 vintage.

Fermentations were exceptionally active, volcanic even, with nearly each fermenter having large amounts of frothy, pink foam at the height of their activity. This is a very good sign. Every year some small percentage of fermenters will have this sort of rollicking action going on, but the only other vintage I can recall seeing this across the breadth of fermenters was 1999. Many who read this may not know the history of Oregon vintages well enough to know what that means around these parts. 1999 was a late vintage where an epic October allowed for picking into November. The wines from the 1999 vintage were, by many in the business, considered to be the strongest batch from the decade and on any Oregon wine historian’s list of great vintages it is going to be listed somewhere. 

AVA: Mt. Pisgah-Polk County

LOCATION: Bursell Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’

SOIL TYPE: Bellpine (ancient seabed)

YEAR PLANTED: 2004

CLONAL MATERIAL: Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 3.03-acre block

PICKING DATE: September 25

TONS/ACRE: 2.93 tons/acre

OWNER: Dan and Helen Dusschee

PRODUCTION: 269 cases bottled

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SKU: 21FHW

AVA: McMinnville AVA

LOCATION: Vineyard Ln

ELEVATION: 650’

SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1972 and 1989

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Coury

VINEYARD SIZE: 185-acre vineyard

VINIFICATION: See below

PICKING DATE: 09/26/21 and 10/1/21

TONS/ACRE: See below

OWNERS: NW Wine Company

PRODUCTION: 392 cases

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SKU: 21HC

AVA: Chehalem Mountain

LOCATION: Kings Grade Rd.

SOIL TYPE: Marine Sedimentary & Volcanic Y

EAR PLANTED: 1990s

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard, Dijon 115 & Mariafeld (Clone 23)

VINEYARD SIZE: 26-acre vineyard

PICKING DATES: See below

TONS/ACRE: See below

OWNERS: Todd Hansen

PRODUCTION: 398 cases bottled

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SKU: 21Lia

AVA: Chehalem Mountains

SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie series

PRODUCTION: 618 cases bottled    

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SKU: 21MS

AVA: Chehalem Mountains

LOCATION: Bell Rd. north of Newberg

ELEVATION: 500-900’

SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1976, 1980, 1988

CLONES: Pommard and Dijon 777

VINEYARD SIZE: 25-acre vineyard, ~2-acre PGC Pinot Noir blocks

VINIFICATION: 3 open-top 1.75. ton fermenters done 100% de-stemmed.

PICKING DATE: September 10th and 25th

TONS/ACRE: See below

OWNER: Hal Medici

PRODUCTION: 243 cases bottled

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SKU: 21M

AVA: Dundee Hills AVA

LOCATION: Worden Hill Rd.

ELEVATION: Up to 700’

SOIL TYPE: Volcanic (Jory)

YEAR PLANTED: 1972

CLONAL MATERIAL: Multiple-see below

VINEYARD SIZE: 55-acre vineyard

PICKING DATE: Variable-see below

TONS/ACRE: Variable-see below

OWNER: Archery Summit Winery

PRODUCTION: 343 cases bottled

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SKU: 21Y


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SKU: 21N

Appellation: Ribbon Ridge  Location: Ribbon Ridge Rd.

Elevation: 500’                               Soil Type: Willakenzie

Year Planted: 2003                        Clonal Material: Pommard

Size: Vineyard 60 acres/PGC Blocks total 2 acres

Vinification: Combination of 50% whole cluster and fully destemmed fruit all done in 1.75 ton open-top fermenters.

Picking Date: September 14    Tons/Acre: 2.67

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SKU: 21RC

AVA: Dundee Hills AVA

LOCATION: Worden Hill Rd.

ELEVATION: 450’

SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1978

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 31-acre vineyard, ~4.5-acre PGC block

VINIFICATION: All open-top 1.75 ton fermenters done completely destemmed.

PICKING DATES: 09/22 and 25/2021

TONS/ACRE: 3.77 OWNER: Vivian Weber

PRODUCTION: 444 cases bottled

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SKU: 21W

AVA: Ribbon Ridge

LOCATION: Ribbon Ridge Rd.

ELEVATION: 550’

SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 2000

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 22-acre vineyard; 1.86 acre block

VINIFICATION: One 1.75 ton fermenter done 50% whole cluster, two 1.75 ton fermenters 100% destemmed.

PICKING DATE: 09/14/2021

TONS/ACRE: 2.87

OWNERS: Harry and Wynne Pederson-Nedry

PRODUCTION: 299 cases bottled

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SKU: 21WR


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SKU: 21AFm

AVA: Dundee Hills

LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 6.5-acre vineyard

PICKING DATES: September 26

TONS/ACRE: 1.48

OWNERS: Joyce Cooke

PRODUCTION: 296 cases bottled

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SKU: 21BVm

 

 

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SKU: 21B1BM

AVA: Chehalem Mountains

LOCATION: Lower part of Kings Grade Rd.  

ELEVATION: 325’

SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie series

YEAR PLANTED: 2007

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 25-acre vineyard

PICKING DATE: September 14

TONS/ACRE: 3.80 tons/acre

OWNER: Cooper Mountain Winery

PRODUCTION: 297 cases bottled

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SKU: 21CAm


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SKU: 21Cm

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