The Vineyards

Where Great Wine Begins

We have chosen to source grapes from the finest vineyards up and down the west coast. Three states. All states we have lived in. All states we love.

Entrance to Horse Heaven Hills

Alder Ridge Vineyard – Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Washington

This is where we get most of our big red fruit from. These 13-year-old vines are just bursting with life! Located on the Columbia River, on the Southern border of Washington state, Alder Ridge has been regarded as one of the finest vineyard sites in the entire state.

Natural wind and air drainage protects the vines from the harsh weather conditions, both in the summer and winter. Reminiscent of the Rhone slopes, the vineyard grows some of our favorite varietals.

We’re excited to be picking up a bit of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Counoise, Malbec, and Grenache as well. Rich earth producing world-class fruit.

Here’s a video of Ryan walking the vineyard at the beginning of #harvest2012…
 

 

Old Head-Pruned Mourvèdre Vine

Bella Grace Vineyard – Shenandoah Valley AVA, Amador County, California

Just look at this gnarly old Mourvèdre vine! “Only 30+ years old?” you ask. Well, yes indeed. Still full of life, but pumping with wisdom of years passed.

This grape (which is commonly blended with Syrah and Grenache) makes a meaty, gamey wine. Dark fruit and musky spiciness make for an exquisite gastronomic experience when paired with worldly meats and cheeses.

For us though, we like to keep our Mourvèdre generally unblended.

And this vineyard is a perfect site for a varietal like Mourvèdre. At 1200 ft, good slopes and warm summers seem to bring about an almost Bandol-like wine…which is kinda what we were going for!

 

Hanging Around

Wheatland Vineyard – Willamette Valley AVA, Oregon

Our old backyard, we’ll be getting some Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir from the vineyard attached to Arcane Cellars. Situated along the banks of the Willamette River, this macro-climate delivers the perfect amount of sun and warmth to get these varieties to ripen.

No more, no less. Which makes for remarkable wines.

In addition to being our “white wine vineyard”, we’ve made a Pinot Gris / Pinot Noir co-fermented rosé as well as a skin-fermented Pinot Gris orange wine with fruit from this vineyard, so stay tuned.

 

BZ Vineyard – Eola Hills, Willamette Valley AVA, Oregon

We make a very special wine from fruit from this vineyard. It’s called The Prince and it’s a co-fermentation of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. Unlike anything you’ve ever tried!

 

Crowley Station Vineyards – Eola Hills, Willamette Valley AVA, Oregon

We have finally decided to make a varietal Pinot Noir. Sure, sure, it took us a long time and a good deal of convincing, but if you were to see this dry-farmed vineyard, you’d want to make wine from their grapes, too!

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