Pinot Noir, ‘Guadalupe’, Ken Wright
The Guadalupe Vineyard is the last vineyard on the eastern edge of Yamhill-Carlton, but it is the first vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA because, while the Guadalupe Vineyard has the same Marine Sedimentary soil structure as Yamhill-Carlton, a road classified it into Dundee Hills. Ken Wright was instrumental in creating the Willamette Valley’s AVA system, but he couldn’t convince the Valley to include Guadalupe in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA when something as simple and manmade as a road showed them otherwise, despite the rest of Dundee Hills having volcanic soil. In order to pay homage to this vineyard’s rightful place, the Guadalupe Pinot Noir label from Ken Wright shows the winery worker doing pigeage while wearing a Yamhill-Carlton hat!
Guadalupe was originally named “Abbey Heights,” but not only was there another vineyard in the area with “Abbey” in the name, but vineyard workers would always refer to it as “Guadalupe” colloquially all along. The vineyard was right near the Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, so they always just called it Guadalupe Vineyard until the name was officially changed.
The vineyard was planted in 1989 and represents the definable change of the Jory soils of the Dundee Hills to the sedimentary soil of the Yamhill-Carlton District. It is spaced 7′ by 5′ and is planted to the Wadenswil and Dijon 115 clones. The soil, known as Willakenzie, is a well-drained shallow soil over siltstone. It lies at an elevation of 350′. The vineyard consistently produces small berries and clusters that are intensely colored. The wine possesses the character of blue fruits, cocoa, leather and earth. Approximately 400 cases are produced. Jim Stonebridge and Kathleen Boeve own the vineyard. It is managed by Joel Myers.
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