Cottonwood Meadows Vineyard
This is the experimental vineyard we planted in the mid-nineties. Our land has only about two acres that are suitable for grapes. A little over an acre is planted in eight different clones of Pinot noir including Dijon 375, Dijon 10-18, Wadenswil and Pommard. The rest consists of small amounts of Chardonnay, Cabernet sauvignon, Gamay noir, Muller-Thurgau, Tempranillo, and Sauvignon blanc. This vineyard is in one of the warmest spots in the Willamette Valley on the East side of the Eola Hills. Soil in the vineyard is tan alluvium washed into the valley by the Missoula floods about sixteen thousand years ago. The vineyard is the source of a small portion of our Pinot noir, and contributes to its complexity. It is also the source of a Pinot noir/Chardonnay sparkling wine base. We plan to release a very small quantity of sparkling wine beginning in 2008. The other grapes are for our personal use and to evaluate prospects for the production of additional varietals in the future.
We manage this vineyard carefully in order to learn more about techniques and clones to help guide us in the purchase of grapes from others.
Located in the Red Hills of Dundee, this vineyard lies between the Sokol Blosser Vineyard and Domaine Drouhin Vineyard. The Durants have been growing grapes in this prime location since the 1970’s and are widely recognized as one of the top growers in the state. Soils here are mainly the famous red Jory, but also include a small amount of Woodburn. Our barrel select Brigette Catherine Pinot noir is primarily from the Casita block of this vineyard. Other blocks, especially Paloma, contribute to the Marina Piper Pinot noir. Paloma is planted in the Dijon 114 clone. They are now producing their own wines, and their grapes are no longer available to us.
Winter's Hill Vineyard
Also located in the Red Hills of Dundee, this vineyard lies between the Stoller Vineyard and the Domaine Serene Vineyard. These long-time growers provided us grapes for the 2002 Marina Piper Pinot noir, and a small portion of the 2002 Brigette Catherine Pinot noir. They continue to supply us with excellent fruit today.
This vineyard is located in the Yamhill-Carlton area, another of the prime Pinot noir growing areas in Yamhill County. The soil types here are Carlton and Willakenzie, the clone they grow for us is Wadenswil, one of traditional Burgundy clones and one that Aaron has encouraged the planting of since his days as a vineyard manager. Wine from this vineyard has is own unique terroir. It makes a significant contribution to the body, flavor and complexity of Marina Piper Pinot noir.
Syrah is a grape that likes more heat than Pinot noir. That is why ours come from this prominent vineyard in the Yakima Valley near Prosser, Washington. We find the quality of these grapes to be unsurpassed. The skill of the grower provides us with grapes that have more acid and softer tannins than most Syrahs. That makes possible the outstanding balance in our Raya Jade Syrah.