Pinot Noir, ‘Tanager Vyd’, Ken Wright
The Tanager is located in the Yamhill Carlton AVA and was planted in 2009to its current size of 6.5 acres. The vineyard sits on ancient marine sediment made up of mainly Willakenzie soils at 350ft-400ft that is west facing.
History tells us that there is little surprise that the land on which Tanager vineyard is located is superb for growing world-class fruit. Fine-wine grapes are just the latest commercial fruit crop to spring from these bountiful soils, dating all the way back to pioneer days. We will look at the history of Tanager backwards, from present day all the way back to pioneer days in Oregon. In Ken Wright’s annual Harvest Newsletter of 2012, written in November of that year, Ken announced the bottling of the first wine from his new Tanager vineyard, named for the Western Tanager bird that visits the area every spring and is a favorite of bird-loving property owner Art Crum. Located on old Yamhill Road between the towns of Carlton and Yamhill, the vineyard lies at 350 to 400 feet elevation, on Willakenzie soil with a western-facing inclination. The original artwork on the bottle’s label shows an American Kestrel, a member of the falcon family that can be trained and mobilized for vineyard protection.