2017 AVA Series Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
The Dundee Hills AVA is contained within the Willamette Valley AVA, and is located 20 miles from Cristom. Defined by a continuous landmass that rises above the flat floors of the surrounding Willamette and Chehalem Valleys, the area is protected from climatic variations by the Coast Range and the Chehalem Mountains. Thus, it
receives less cooling influence from the Pacific Ocean and Columbia Gorge, resulting in slightly warmer growing seasons. The AVA has rich, red volcanic Jory soil, formed by the Columbia River Basalts. Pinot noirs from this area are often bright with elegant red fruit, earthy, truffle-like flavors and silky mouthfeel.