A mature vineyard of Dijon clones 115, 114 and 777 offer a contrast and distinct alternative to California Pinot Noir. The shorter growing season, longer sunlit days, and cooler weather during maturation separate this Willamette Valley style. Close plantings, rocky volcanic soil and hand tended VSP training have earned these grapes double gold awards! Grown only a mile from the Oregon Boarder, in the cool end of the Columbia Gorge AVA these grapes are well suited for sparkling wine.
Pinot Noir was the lure that brought Peter to this vertical wonderland of swift rivers and Douglas fir trees. Tasting a ripe Pinot Noir berry in 1987 on Underwood Mountain convinced Peter that this area had the potential to produce outstanding Burgundy style wines. Pinot Noirs that were different than their California twins, a little leaner, a little more delicate, maybe a little more feminine – with a bit more acid and tannins. The White Salmon Pinot Noir vines are grown on three different fields. All are cane pruned on a vertical curtain trellis. They are tightly planted, 2 meter x 1.3 meter, on deep, light volcanic soils filled with rocks. They are mature vines, dry farmed.