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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. 

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SKU: 21N3

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: 21RC3

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: 4 bottles made


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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 bottles produced

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SKU: 21W3

AVA: Ribbon Ridge

LOCATION: North Valley Rd.

SOIL TYPE: Wellsford (Marine Sedimentary)

YEAR PLANTED: Various; 1984-2000

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard and Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard

PICKING DATES: Multiple days in September

TONS/ACRE: Various

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars

PRODUCTION: 1,111 cases bottled

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SKU: 21EstV9


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SKU: 21AF5

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: 21B1B5

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: 21CMV5
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SKU: 21CMVE5

Appellation: Chehalem Mountain  Location: Dopp Rd.

Elevation: 375’                               Soil Type: Willakenzie

Year Planted: 2006                        Clonal Material: 100% Wadensvil

Size: Vineyard 55 acres/PGC Blocks total 9 acres

Vinification: Several open-top 1.75 ton fermenters with a range of whole cluster fermentation from 0%-60%.

Picking Date: September 8              Tons/Acre: 2.92

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SKU: 21CMW5

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: 21CA5


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SKU: 21DB5

AVA: Dundee Hills

LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 2000

CLONAL MATERIAL: Dijon 115

VINEYARD SIZE: 55-acre vineyard

PICKING DATES: September 13

TONS/ACRE: 2.10

OWNERS: The Durant Family

PRODUCTION: 341 cases bottled

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SKU: 21DM5

AVA: Ribbon Ridge

LOCATION: North Valley Rd.

SOIL TYPE: Wellsford (Marine Sedimentary)

YEAR PLANTED: Various; 1998-2010

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard, Dijon 114, Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard

PICKING DATES: Multiple days in September

TONS/ACRE: Various

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars

PRODUCTION: 2,043 cases bottled

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SKU: 21EstV5

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