Lujon Pinot Gris
We have been sourcing our Pinot Gris from the same vineyard since we started making it in 2009. I comes from a small family owned vineyard that we contract to buy their 4 acres of grapes every year. It’s located in the far north end of the Willamette Valley on the south slope of the Tualatin Mountains. At around 650 feet of elevation, it’s a relatively cool sight. The southern aspect and full east to west exposure provides all day sun and good air circulation. The sight allows for extended hang times and full physiological maturity. This shows in the wines that are produced from this sight. They consistently produce wines of impressive pedigree.
Although Chardonnay is a huge category in California it is often overlooked in Oregon. Its identity crisis has been mainly due to lack of proper viticulture and vilification. Experimentation has brought the varietal notoriety as of late and it is finding a stylistic identity. We produce a small amount of Chardonnay off a small 2 acre vineyard planted with Dijon clones. They ripen nicely and have wonderful varietal characteristics. We typically do our fermentations with 50% oak barrels and 50% stainless steel. We limit the amount of malo-lactic ferment as to not produce excessive buttery notes. It's a fine balance between the fruit and oak, with subtle creamy textures.