The Neo-Classical Objective has three parts:
1. Historical Orientation – 100% whole cluster fermentation
2. Classic Varietal Character (Typicity) – vineyard location and ideal growing temperatures
3. Enriched Technique – targeting the source of tannins for an improved condition of ageability
Only vineyards that meet this objective for a given vintage are considered for this blend.
White Rose Vineyard was planted from 1978-1981 in the Dundee Hills. The soil is volcanic Jory and the vines span a east-southeast slope at 700-850’ elevation. The vineyard is entirely self-rooted Pommard Pinot noir. Yields were approximately 1.0 TPA in 2011 and fruit was harvest November 5th.
Vista Hills Vineyard is located immediately north of White Rose Vineyard along an east facing slope of volcanic Jory soil. The vines were planted from 1999-2001 with Dijon 115 & 777 clones. Yields averaged 2.0 TPA in 2011 and the fruit was harvested on November 2nd and 6th.
Murto Vineyard is also located in the Dundee Hills sub-AVA and was planted on volcanic Jory soils from 1988-2005. The clones include Pommard, Wadensville and Dijon 115 at an elevations of 700-800’. Yields averaged 1.5 TPA across the various blocks of this vineyard.
|In the summer of 2000, Greg Sanders knocked on the door of an old farm house sitting at the top of the Dundee Hills in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The house was just up the gravel road from a few of Oregon’s most notable wineries: Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin Oregon and Domaine Serene. Surrounding the farm house was a small vineyard, self-rooted in 1980, that over the years had become known for the quality of its fruit. St. Innocent, Panther Creek and Torii Mor, had all purchased fruit from this site, bottling wines and designating them as ”White Rose Vineyard”. Having been an impassioned fan of pinot noir for many years, it was Greg’s dream to own a vineyard from which he could produce artisanal, hand-made wines of outstanding quality. His search had led him to the top of this hill, and when he left, he took with him the deed to a dream.