Originally planted in 1982, the Marjorie Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and home to some of the oldest vines we farm. Marjorie is a gently sloped East-facing hillside found between 480 feet and 615 feet above sea level. Named for Paul Gerrie’s mother, the first single vineyard estate Marjorie was released in 1994. A true example of terroir, the soil, elevation, climate, and vine age meet and produce a wine capable of great depth, complexity, and long-term age ability.
Farmed sustainably, Marjorie’s rows run from north to south on the east facing hillside. Just like our other estate vineyards, we preserve the existing eco-system through sowing cover crops into the soil and encouraging natural diversity of insects by utilizing integrated pest management (IPM) to help keep the soil and the vines healthy.Marjorie is vertically shoot positioned and cane pruned, and is one of the few places on the farm that is double-guyot trained along the fruiting wire. After rigorous cluster thinning to ensure low yields and maximize flavor concentration and complexity, Marjorie’s vines are left with 18-22 clusters per vine, depending on the vintage. Interestingly, most of the estate vineyards are restricted to 7-10 clusters per vine and still have higher yields than Marjorie – a testament to the fact that this vineyard produces very small, highly concentrated clusters, and exceptionally dramatic wines.
Clones & Rootstocks
Marjorie is representative of the early Oregon grape planting philosophy: rows are spaced wide, and the vineyard is planted on its own roots. Marjorie has 12 feet in between vine rows and 6 feet in between plants –the equivalent of 605 vines per acre. In comparison, most of the other estate Pinot Noir vineyards are more densely planted. Phylloxera struck Marjorie in 2000, and now has damaged a significant portion of the 8.4 acre vineyard. Beginning in 2007, the vineyard crew began re-planting Marjorie with Dijon clones 113, 115, 777 and Pommard and Wadenswil Pinot Noir clones grafted onto phylloxera resistant rootstocks.
Marjorie boasts a sweet, spicy bouquet of cinnamon, star anise and clove.
Marjorie’s dominant soil type is Jory, a very deep, well drained silty clay loam derived from igneous bedrock.