Introducing our second pinot noir grower/supplier – Mike Slater of Tonnelier Vineyard (FYI: “Tonnelier” is French for “cooper,” a barrel maker)! Mike has been growing grapes since 2000 and has approximately 3 acres currently under vine. His vines include several pinot clones, including 777 and 115, which we will be acquiring.
The Willamette Valley is blessed with a range of unique growing areas (primarily due to soil and weather patterns) that produce wines with very distinct characteristics. The Yamhill/Carlton American Viticultural Area (AVA), upon which Mike’s property sits, is known for its sedimentary soils. These soils drain quickly and allow the grapes to ripen more completely, even in cooler growing seasons. Pinot noir wines produced in this AVA are known for their deep ruby colors and broad, silky tannins.
The pictures below were taken on June 1, a gorgeous, clear day when we toured the vines under the watchful eye of Rodin, the official vineyard dog.