Eola-Amity Hills AVA - 2006 -

Plums, Currants and 5-spice

This wine area spans along a low set of hills that lead south into the state capitol of Salem, Oregon. All of the best vineyards are on southeastern facing slopes that run along the 221 Highway. Itís actually an amazing drive because the flatlands are exploding with hops farms which lead into the vineyards in the hills. Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity hills have rich plum and currant flavors with subtle 5-spice aromas.

Key Producers in Eola-Amity Hills
Cristom, St. Innocent, Evesham Wood & others


More about the Eola-Amity Hills:

Known for basalt soils and the influence of the Van Duzer Corridor which allows the cool ocean airs to blow in at night allowing the fruit to ripen during the day but really slow down at night making the grapes PH a lot lower and the acidity brighter making the fruit and skins a darker profile.

Adjacent to the Willamette River, these hills are composed of the Eola Hills, straddling the 45th parallel on the southern end and the Amity Hills on the northern spur, constituting 40,000 acres with more than 1300 acres of grapes planted. Two of the predominant influences on the characteristics of wines are shallow soils and the Van Duzer corridor. The soils of the Eola Hills contain predominantly volcanic basalt from ancient lava flows, combined with marine sedimentary rocks and/or alluvial deposits, making a generally much shallower and rockier set of well drained soils which produce small grapes with great concentration. The Van Duzer corridor provides a break in the coast range that allows cool ocean winds to flow dropping temperatures dramatically, especially during late summer afternoons, helping to keep acids firm.

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