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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: Chehalem Mountains

LOCATION: Way up Kings Grade Rd.  

ELEVATION: Up to 800’

SOIL TYPE: Volcanic (Jory and Nekia)

YEAR PLANTED: 2012

CLONAL MATERIAL: Multiple-see below

VINEYARD SIZE: 35-acre vineyard

PICKING DATE: Variable-see below

TONS/ACRE: Variable-see below

OWNER: Flaneur Winery

PRODUCTION: 295 cases bottled

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SKU: 21LBPM

AVA: Chehalem Mountains                            LOCATION: Kings Grade Rd.

SOIL TYPE: Marine Sedimentary & Volcanic

YEAR PLANTED: 1990s                                 CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard, Dijon 115 & Mariafeld (Clone 23)

VINEYARD SIZE: 26-acre vineyard, ~2.8-acre PGC blocks

VINIFICATION: Multiple fermentations with all done in 1.5 or 1.75 ton bins with whole cluster on the Dijon 115 ranging from 10-50% while 100% destemming on the Pommard and Mariafeld.

PICKING DATE: 10/02 and 10/04/18             TONS/ACRE: 2.99

OWNERS: Todd Hansen                               PRODUCTION: 168 cases bottled

Winemaking and Notes:Lia’s Vineyard, to us, is about the unusual (in Oregon) combination of soil types due to the change in elevation that the vineyard has over a relatively small amount of overall acreage. That is what makes this vineyard fascinating and, in our cellar, totally unique. The Pommard at higher elevation in volcanic soil produces intense, sultry and concentrated Pinot Noir and the Dijon 115 leans to a much more structured and savory style since it comes from the marine soil at the bottom of the vineyard (this is still in the middle of the overall hillside). The Mariafeld is at an even lower spot on the hill than the Dijon 115 and it adds its own little thing to the whole situation.

This bottling marks the 9th vintage we have received fruit from this vineyard although we have only bottled this individually for the past 7 vintages. Over the years this wine has moved the way the vineyard has which is to say in an entirely positive direction.  In 2009 we were interested in the vineyard as we had just begun getting fruit from Olenik Vineyard below it but the farming was far off what it needed to be in that vintage for us to begin a relationship. In 2010 and 2011 we received fruit but not exactly what we wanted. Even in 2012 when, as noted, we started in the sections we thought had the greatest potential the overall quality of the wine was good to very good with the latter being the rarer barrels. In 2017 we started to see movement to more sustainable and organic practices with a corresponding uptick in the quality of the fruit we are receiving. In 2018 that surge has become so prominent that the very good barrel is rare and the excellent barrels are what we now use for this bottling. This still follows along historic lines with 12 barrels coming from the Dijon 115 sections, 7 from the Pommard and 1 from the Mariafeld which acts almost like a binding agent for the other two clones. There is an aromatic element to it that is far more floral than it has been in the past vintages and the wine is a bit more inviting while now showing more intense and sophisticated tannin structure than in the past. It’s full of space for one to explore rather than being a wine that simply rushes at you with a full-throttled intensity. This wine is quite integrated at a very young age which is surprising given the dispirit clones, vine ages, elevations and soil types. As we have explored more vineyards just outside the eastern edge of the Ribbon Ridge AVA we have found these incredibly dynamic, floral and simply lovely Pinots that are d

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AVA: Chehalem Mountains

SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie series

PRODUCTION: 618 cases bottled    

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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: 21MM

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: 4 cases bottled

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SKU: 21YM

4 cases produced

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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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AVA: Tualatin Hills

LOCATION: Gales Creek Rd.

SOIL TYPE: Loess

YEAR PLANTED: 1973

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 24-acre vineyard

PICKING DATES: September 22

TONS/ACRE: 3.22

OWNERS: Risdall Ranch

PRODUCTION: 18 bottles made


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AVA: Dundee Hills

SOIL TYPE: Jory

PRODUCTION: 4 cases bottled

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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: 4 cases bottled

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SKU: 21Wm

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: 3 cases bottled

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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: 21BV3

 

 

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AVA: Chehalem Mountain

LOCATION: East side of Dopp Rd.

ELEVATION: 325’

SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie series

YEAR PLANTED: 1968 and forward

CLONAL MATERIAL: Multiple-see below

VINEYARD SIZE: 55-acre vineyard

PICKING DATE: Variable-see below

TONS/ACRE: Variable-see below

OWNER: Cooper Mountain Winery

PRODUCTION: 1,249 cases bottled

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SKU: 21CMV3

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