Off the Grid - Illinois Valley | Soil - alluvial, serpentine
Despite the Southern Oregon locale, this is the coolest vineyard in our portfolio. Just 50 years ago, a large creek once inhabited this stoney Riesling site that sits near the California border, less than 25 miles from the Pacific. Blue serpentine can be found scattered in between dense piles of river rock, where minerals such as magnesium, iron and nickel trickle into the soil. The high mineral content creates soil deficiencies that cause the 20 year old vines to produce concentrated, lower yields similar to old vines. At 1500 feet in elevation, the cold air that comes off the edge of the Klamath Mountains ensures acid retention, as well as a dynamic ultraviolet spectrum of ripeness. These unusual elements combined with the natural wonder of this quiet place makes for world class Riesling.
Gerber - Illinois Valley | Soil - alluvial, clay, serpentine
3 miles from Off the Grid, the Gerber vineyard holds some of the earliest plantings of "Coury Clone" Gewurztraminer, dating back to the early 1970s. The soil profile is the most complex in our portfolio, particularly benefitting from being the catch zone for a former gold mine. "California" Jade, serpentine, iron, nickel, even gold is interspersed through a fine alluvial fan. The moderately warm days are offset by the chilling Pacific winds that meander through the coast range. 1600 feet in elevation helps contribute to the ripening of complex fruit flavors that have proven to have a restraint and elegance. These 40+ year old vines are now producing far lower yields of delicate Gewurztraminer that has delineated layers of texture and structured acid.
Toro y Scorpio - Ribbon Ridge | Soil - marine sedimentary
Tucked into a 420 foot plot of marine sedimentary soil is a small block of Riesling in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. This area is known for having more Willakenzie soil than elsewhere, which imbues Pinot Noir with darker fruit, and more structured tannin. Conversely, in Riesling this marine based soil creates layers of red fruit laced with a flinty, mineral filigree.
Memorista - Eola Amity | Soil - basaltic "Geldermen"
On a Southeastern facing hillside in the Eola Amity hills, are some of the most densely planted Riesling vines in the new world. These tight rows of Riesling are growing in a dense, shallow basalt/volcanic soil - the color looks like a rusty, copper penny. The Riesling from this soil shows salinity and weight, but this site has an additional factor of wind provided through the Van Duzer Corridoer. Dense plantings which struggle for nutrients in the basalt soil, which are then pummeled by Pacific wind, eventually created Riesling fruit that turns into an electric shock of sweet lime, blueberry, granite - all framed by intense, fine acid.