GREAT PRESS FOR NORTH VALLEY WINES!
Cole Danehower, owner of Northwest Palate magazine, shares his visit with winemakers James Cahill and Tony Soter on the Essential Northwest Wines blog. Our first Chardonnay under the North Valley label steals the show and receives an A- rating. Read the articles...
Lettie Teague, former wine editor for Food & Wine, plugs the North Valley Pinot Noir for the Wall Street Journal. Read more...
The Willamette Valley is Oregon's most recognized appellation for cool climate varietal wines, and it is in the Northern part of this region where the finest vineyards are found - an epicenter known as the "North Valley", which includes all of the defined sub-appellations. It is from within this renowned region that we source fruit for our North Valley wines. At our winery's home site in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, our soils are entirely ancient marine sediments layered over fractured sandstone and siltstone, the oldest soils in the entire Willamette Valley. These nutrient deficient, porous soils create considerable stresses on the vines we farm from this AVA, resulting in wines that display considerable boldness, showcasing black and red fruits, with noteworthy spice, earth and savory flavors and aromas. By comparison, the volcanic Jory-based soils of the Dundee Hills AVA from which we also source, tend to produce wines that are a bit softer in weight and body, with brighter, red fruits common, and reveal a pretty core of sweetness. These two sub-appellations, along with extremely high quality sites within the Eola-Amity Hills and Ribbon Ridge areas, provide a rich, diverse array of raw materials from which we carefully practice the "art of the blend" each vintage. Some of the noteworthy vineyards we work with, which are truly "Single Vineyard" caliber sites in their own right, include Zena Crown, Roserock and Gran Moraine.
Winemakers, James Cahill and Tony Soter, are engaged partners with our growers, and the blocks we select from each vineyard are fastidiously farmed to our own, rigorous standards. All of the vineyards we work with are certified sustainable, and are often certified organic as well. Not only is the environmental commitment on our part a philosophical statement of our core values, but we are convinced these farming practices inevitably produce wines of the absolute highest quality attainable.
Our winemaking practices are time-honored, small-lot, artisan methods, using new French oak with restraint (usually only between 5 and 15% new, with the remainder 2-3 year old barrels), so that the pure, regional characteristics of our wines shine brightly. These wines are what we refer to in-house as our "Regional Rock Stars"!