Chehalem Mountains AVA
When life hands you lemons, make Lemonade! We were contracted for 25 tons of Pinot noir from two vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, intended to be a red wine. When wildfires broke out near the vineyards we took a close look at our options. It was extremely important to keep our commitments to our growers - and these two organic sites held particular significance to me since they are owned and operated by single women like me (one who is also a single mom). Getting juice off the grape skins quickly can dramatically minimize smoke effect in wine, so instead of making a red Pinot noir from these sites, we very gently pressed the fruit, settled it many times, and fermented it in the fashion of a white wine off of the skins. Like the rest of 2020, we made the best of a difficult situation and thankfully, the results are delicious. Strawberry, grapefruit and candied cherry blossom with a bright flinty finish.