Certified organic by Oregon Tilth: 42% Wascher Vineyard with Willakenzie sedimentary soil at around 300 feet elevation and 58% Chestnut Hill Vineyard with Jory volcanic soil at 900+ feet elevation
As measured in heat units, the 2014 growing season is the warmest to date in the northern Willamette Valley. Flowering occurred two weeks early, in early June, foretelling an early harvest. The season progressed with warmer than usual nights and moderately warmer daytime highs, allowing for even ripening across all of our sites. Harvest of impeccably pristine fruit began in mid-September and wrapped up with Riesling a month later. Overall, the 2014 vintage represents a cornucopia of expressive, concentrated, balanced Pinot noirs and, due to picking for freshness rather than flavor, surprisingly excellent, vibrant white wines.
Tikka was Eric’s first Great Pyrenees dog who used to patrol the perimeter of our two Pinot gris vineyards. Tikka’s Run combines early-ripening fruit from our lowest elevation vineyard in the Dundee Hills with late-ripening, vibrantly structured gris from our highest site, Chestnut Hill Vineyard. Each year, one of these wines drops to neutral barrels while the wine is still fermenting. Churning caused by fermentation in barrel creates a wine with more complexity and texture. The 2014 is perfumed with papaya, quince, and Moroccan mint combined with notes of wet stone and toasted almond. The palate is full and creamy, offering a delicate balance between kiwi, subtle spice, and juicy acidity.