Steps forward

In November 2007, Jim purchased 40 acres of grape-growing land on a south-facing flank of Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, just a few miles from Newberg, Oregon. In 2008 vineyard development began on the virgin dirt, and a new, recognizable-as-Oregon winery was designed and constructed.

The winery, a barn of this century, is both state-of-the art and scale-of-a-man whose hands are in the wine. It’s the ethos of understated conservation and the beauty of simple physics, from the bottom of its underground barrel caves to its heat-ventilating clerestory. The first harvest vinified in the new winery was 2009.

The vineyard, personally farmed by Jim and his crew at the winery, is non-irrigated, organically farmed (noncertified) and sitting at an elevation of 500 to 700 ft. With eight variants of Jory soil (volcanic) and young Pinot Noir vines, the red fruit ripens reasonably early, with moderate acid and substantial structure. Fruit comes from the Front Block planted in 2009 (Pommard, VSP), the Lower Block planted in 2010 (Wadenswill, VSP), and the East Block planted in 2011 (Pommard, VSP). Seventeen additional acres of plantable vineyard are currently in development.