We're fortunate to have access to some of the best fruit in the Willamette Valley, both from our own estate vineyards and our phenomenal growing partners in other AVAs throughout the region. The Pinot Noirs in The Designates Collection are crafted from specific estate blocks or from partner vineyards. Each has a unique story and is crafted to reflect and accentuate terroir.
With 30-year old, self-rooted vines, the trellising for the Pinot Noir vines in the Graham's Block, on the estate vineyard produces clusters with small berries, allowing for more concentrated flavors with deeper red fruit notes.
Graham's Block 7 is our oldest block in the vineyard. A beautiful blend of Pommard and Wadenswil clones, wine from this block is intense and red-fruit focused. The 2015 vintage was warm, and the wine is balanced and expressive.
The Parsons' Ridge site is on a saddle of the vineyard where the Pinot Noir vines face two different directions, resulting in numerous expressions of the grapes. We ferment lots separately then finesse and blend for the final wine.
Scents of ripe cherry, mushroom and cedar, with hints of tobacco and cocoa nibs coming through slightly. Savory herbs, notably sage, intermingle with a slightly darker version of Parsons’ customary Bing cherry.
Planted with 100% Pommard clone and one of the oldest plantings on the estate, the Parsons’ Ridge block always produces wines of complexity and character. This wine is nicely balanced with plenty of fruit and spice.
The 2013 Cataclysm is a youthful and layered Pinot Noir. Winemaker Stephen Webber describes this wine as waiting to blossom. It’s great now, but holds much promise for the future. Enjoy now on special offer.
Fruit hailing from Block 1 is named for the cataclysmic Missoula Floods. Marionberry, Bing cherry and black currant aromas mingle with fresh earth, wet stone, sage and baking spice.
The Keeler family farms a 25-acre, certified Biodynamic vineyard, offering truly special fruit that is a lovely reflection of the Eola-Amity Hills terroir. Old world charm meets new world style in this Pinot Noir.