Vineyard: Primarily Holloran Le Chenaie Vineyard-Eola Amity Hills
Located near Salem, Oregon, in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Le Chenaie is a 103 acre site with 18 acres producing, and 8 more in the process of being planted. Here we grow Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Tempranillo, all on resistant rootstocks. The rows are 6’ wide, so each acre contains between 1400 & 2200 plants.
Planted beginning of 2001, the soils are volcanic - Jory, Gelderman and Ritner. Elevations are 460' to 585', with aspects of South, Southeast and Southwest. AVA is Eola-Amity Hills, so the site is influenced by the afternoon breezes from the Van Duzer corridor in the coastal range, as with much of the western portion of the Eola-Amity Hills.
Orientation: South, southeast facing
Soil: Gelderman, Ritner, Jory (volcanic series)
Vinification: Small lots, mix of indigenous yeast and cultivated yeasts. 100% destemmed, hand punch downs. Malolactic fermentation is also natural and occurs in barrel.
Aging: 11 months in 100% french oak barrels (medium toast), 10% new
Production: 1200 cases
Notes: The lots used for this wine are aged for 11 months in up to 15% new French oak. The nose offers sweet cherry fruit and forest underbrush, with food-friendly acidity and structure on the palate, and a floral perfume in the mouth and finish. Made in the style of traditional Burgundy, the fruit is sourced from non-irrigated vines with fermentation occurring in small open-top tanks that are punched down by hand. Many of the lots are fermented with native yeasts, and all malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. This wine is both unfined and unfiltered. Natural sediment may occur over time.