A Tale of Two Vineyards
As we all know Terroir, or the combination of soil, location and climate, are what give the distinct flavor to the grape.
Three Feathers wines are sourced from two vineyard sites on Chehalem Mountain, both located off of Finnigan Hill Road.
At this elevation there are challenges but also advantages. Temperatures are 7-10 degrees cooler than in the Valley. We are not subject to erratic frosts as are the vineyards at lower elevations. Grapes can be harvested for several different styles of wine; Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, White Pinot Noir, Rose or even sparkling wines depending on the ripeness of the fruit.
Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard is located in the heart of the Chehalem Mountain AVA at the northern most corner of Yamhill County Oregon. Although the property comprises rolling hills from 700-1000 feet in elevation its hills form a natural heat sink, sheltered from winds and capturing summer warmth in its own natural microclimate.
Planted in 2011, Torio Vineyard is located only one mile from the highest point in the Willamette Valley; Bald Peak Park, which is at 1410 feet in elevation.
Wine in the Making
Our wine making decisions are driven by the vineyards and the season.
Our 2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir was a short season vintage, picked as the rains came early and the heat died away. The 2017 season, on the other hand, was longer thus allowing us to harvest later and enable the fruit to built up more sugar. We also had the benefit of grapes from our second site, Torio Vineyard, where the vines are older and there are multiple clones. We made the decision to blend grapes from both sites and create our 2017 Three Feathers Cuvée Virginia.
The 2018 season was exceptionally dry with sporadic heat. Our grapes ripened well despite the stress of water shortages and we had an abundance of Pinot Noir. We were inspired to create a White Pinot Noir from a portion of the grapes as well as a Reserve Pinot Noir from the best of our 11 barrels of red wine.
At Three Feathers, there is an element of kismet in our decision making process. Every vintage is different and we are not completely in control. This is the way wine making has always been and good wine making will continue to be. Three Feathers will keep on exploring possibilities and try to make the best wine the vines will give us.