Planted in 1999, Merriman Vineyard is a 30-acre sustainably, dry-farmed vineyard that sits on an east-facing ridge at an elevation of 500-feet. It is LIVE certified and Salmon Safe, in the process of being converted to a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® vineyard.
The east facing vineyard sits at the top of Cummins Ridge at about 500 feet. It is planted on a combination of Goodin, Melbourne and Witham soils. Dry farming practices train the roots to dig deep into the soil to find water, which can lead to more intensely flavored grapes. The east facing slope allows for cool breezes at night, and brings warm morning sun.
The site is primarily planted to Pinot Noir, with a little bit of Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir clones include Dijon 113,114,115,667, and 777, as well as Wadenswil and Pommard. The dry farmed, east facing vineyard slope allows the cool breezes at night and warm morning sun to grow the grapes slowly, giving the wine its complexity and allowing the unique terroir of the vineyard to come through in your glass.
Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton AVA
Planted Area: 30 acres
Elevation: 425 feet
Soils: Goodin, Melbourne, Witham
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay