While we're used to all kinds of weather here in Oregon, 2020 was a year for the books. A nearly ideal growing season with lower yields meant that the wines of 2020 were poised to be concentrated, complex and world class. Right at harvest time, wildfires swept the valley. However, thanks to the famous winds of our namesake Van Duzer Corridor, the smoke blew off before affecting the grapes and we were able to make incredibly delicious wines that we can't wait to share with you. If you've wondered about the 2020 harvest and hesitated, we encourage you to try our 2020 vintage...we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Dried Cherry, baking spices and red raspberry create a sweet and delicate aromatic profile that is contrasted against subtle earthy notes. Initially, this wine presents with a round mouthfeel that is tightened by the presence of tannin on the mid-palate, giving way to a soft and elongated finish.
Our Elemental Reserve is always a blend of our winemaker's favorite barrels from a particular vintage. While Oregon's unpredictable weather kept us on our toes in 2020, our luck held up thanks to the Van Duzer winds and we were able to produce wines that we think you'll love! Bright red fruit aromatics of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry meld nicely with a subtle sweetness of oak. The mouthfeel of the wine is simultaneously fresh and structured with a dense fine-grained tannin.
The Westside Blocks of our Estate Vineyard sit in a unique location on the property. Its bowl-like topography allows for greater heat retention during the growing season resulting in incredibly structured wines, deep and rich in flavor. This vintage was a continuation of that trend, producing a wine full of dark fruit with hints of vanilla, coconut, and black tea that give way to a refreshing and lingering acidity.
Estate grown on own-rooted and nearly 40-year old Pommard clone, the Homestead Block is one of the gems of our property. While we're used to all kinds of weather here in Oregon (4 seasons in one day...anyone?) 2020 was a year for the books. Thanks to the famous winds of our namesake Van Duzer Corridor we were able to make incredibly delicious wines that we can't wait to share with you.
Upon entry of our Estate in the heart of the Van Duzer Corridor AVA, a flagpole marks a steeply sloped planting of Wadenswil clone. This iconic block is immersed in West winds from the Pacific Ocean, pointing our flag East each afternoon as winds rush through. This site accentuates floral notes with aromatic complexity offering dark berry fruit character with hints of earth and cedar.