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Tracy Kendall
August 5, 2019 | Tracy Kendall

A Temperate Summer in the Willamette

We're on the cusp of veraison here at Temperance Hill (image above), high in the Eola-Amity Hills, while our estate vineyard Bishop Creek has already shown signs of color change. The season has been lush and green, with moderate temperatures and more summer rain than usual. In the next week, we will have crop estimates. On a moderately spaced vineyard, we target 2 to 2.5 tons per acre for fruit quality.

All of our sites are dry-farmed and the vines are showing no stress or slowing this season. Cluster sizes are small to moderate this year, with beautiful berries. We’ve seen more millerandage (tiny pea-sized berries mixed in with larger berries) than usual which is appealing for our winemaking. This creates more intensity and skin-to-juice ratio. We’ll use Temperance Hill as a blending component in our 2019 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.


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