Pinot noir loves our site because of the confluence of soils, site aspects and location. The foundation of the vineyard is coarse-grained, silty-loam soils that developed from ancient marine sediments. Predominant soils are the Windy Gap and Bellpine series; with Goodin and Dupee series also prevalent. These soils add minerality to the flavor of our wine, and their efficient water drainage facilitates early ripening, which allows Pinot noir to develop deep ruby colors and broad silky tannins.
The site’s macroclimate is cool, but more than adequate for full ripening. This cool climate facilitates the hang time Pinot noir needs to fully express its flavors. The vineyard’s elevation ranges from 500 to 750 feet above sea level. The growing degree days averaged 2,330 degrees yearly over the past seven growing seasons.
There is a splendid range of microclimates across the vineyard. This diversity adds subtle complexities to our wines. Our ideal south to southeast site aspect combines with a varied topography to create unique maturation profiles. Some vine blocks rest on top of rolling ridges, others spread across smooth steep slopes and a few blocks are nestled in sloping bowls. On summer nights, the vineyard is cooled from various directions: northwest from the Pacific Coast Range, northeast from the Columbia Gorge, and southwest from the Van Duzer Corridor.