Plum & Pine
McMinnville AVA - 2005 - Known for basalt and sedimentary soils and the influence of the Van Duzer Corridor. This cooridor 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.
A growing area named after the unbelievably quaint city of McMinnville. The south facing vineyards show promise of making some rich dark cherry and plum like flavored Pinot Noir. Youíll find the slope angle really makes a difference in the flavor of McMinnville wines. Some of the wines are very rustic with pine and herb notes.
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More about the McMinnville AVA
The McMinnville AVA of nearly 40,500 acres sits due west of Yamhill Countyís seat, the city of McMinnville. It extends approximately 20 miles south-southwest toward the mouth of the Van Duzer corridor, Oregonís lowest coast range pass to the Pacific Ocean. Encompassing the land above 200 feet and below 1,000 feet in elevation on the east and southeast slopes of these foothills of the coast-range mountains, the soils are primarily uplifted marine sedimentary loams and silts, with alluvial overlays and a base of uplifting basalt. The soils are uniquely shallow for winegrowing. The planted slopes sit in the protecting weather shadow of the coast-range mountains and rainfall is lower than on sites to the east. The primarily east- and south-facing sites take advantage of the drying winds from the Van Duzer corridor. Approximately 600 acres are currently planted here.
DAYTON, TOWN OF -- Just before the junction lies the disheveled but historic town of Dayton (Chamber of Commerce +1 503 864 2221), which features an 1856 blockhouse, an 1880 Baptist church, and a pioneer cemetery. The block house was like a small fortress which would be occupied by troops in case of unrest. There were usually 10-15 rifle positions. This block house was moved here in 1911 from nearby Fort Hill.
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