Vineyards

“It’s not just about working with great vineyard sites, it’s about working with great people who care to farm with intention and integrity, and who are 100% on board with the style of wines I’m making.  Afterall, we’re all a part of the collaborative effort that makes up a finished wine in the bottle.”
– Leah Jorgensen

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EXCITING DISCOVERY IN CRATER VIEW VINEYARD

The summer of 2015 introduced a remarkable discovery!  While clearing a field for a new block in Crater View Vineyard, the site crew unearthed 250 million year old blueschist rocks, as well as other ancient ocean bottom rocks, suggesting limestone, sandstone, shale, and clay loam material due to the excavation of rock containing ancient marine mollusk shells, fossils and shellfish imprints.

Leah climbed a small mountain of rocks to investigate for herself what hidden treasures were awaiting discovery – and turned her lens to show the world the very first look at these ancient marine fossils from 250 million years ago.

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Left to right:  imprints of shell fossils; the spiny bones of an ancient fish; ancient mollusk shells.

From my August 2015 Newsletter – describing the significance of this discovery…
“Ancient marine rock, blueschist, limestone, sandstone, shale, and clay, shellfish fossils and imprints… there’s something connecting these two places.  There’s a reason why there are so many wine grape varietals planted in Southern Oregon – much like the Loire Valley!  There are real connections here – even if simply just an idea, or something as complex as the universe connecting people, places, and moments.  And, isn’t that why we drink wine – to connect people, places, and moments?

As I stood on that pile of ancient marine rocks, looking around at the beautiful vineyard where I get some of my Cabernet Franc, all of my Malbec, and Sauvignon Blanc – I felt connected to the universe in a new way.  The stars made all of it.  But, the earth pushed and pulled itself into these beautiful craters, volcanoes, ranges, valleys.  The earth took its star material and created habitat and life.  And, it did so in a majestic tapestry of both unique and similar forms.  For the first time, I felt validated for my crazy decision to focus on Loire style wines.  The whimsical name I borrowed from my friend and colleague, Herb Quady, means everything to me now.  Loiregon.  We’re not in the Loire, we’re in Oregon.  But, the two places are connected.  And, it’s not simply because I wanted there to be a connection to justify my intuition to craft Loire style wines here in Southern Oregon.  It’s bigger.  I now see why I was meant to make Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc from this place, and in a style that reflects the glinting mirrored ancient star material from the Loire.”

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OUR VINEYARD SOURCES

CRATER VIEW VINEYARD, Rogue Valley
Owned and farmed by Quail Run Vineyards, we source Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Malbec from this site.  Elevation from 1500-1670 ft., with western, southern, and eastern aspects.  The site is Salmon-Safe, Oregon Certified Sustainable, and L.I.V.E. certified.  In 2015, an excavation of 250 million year old blue schist rocks, as well as other ancient marine rock with shellfish fossils and imprints, in a new block ready for planting – a remarkable discovery!

HAVLIN VINEYARD, Willamette Valley
Owned and farmed by Jeff Havlin, we source our Gamay Noir from this site, with the intention to eventually hold an exclusive lease for the block of Gamay.  Located on Perrydale Road, this vineyard is part of an emerging sub-region of the Willamette Valley within the Van Duzer corridor, known for marine soils and evening maritime breezes perfect for cooling off daytime heat in the summer.  Planted in 2011 with cuttings from Seven Springs Vineyard, this site has a south-west aspect planted in Dupee soils, which is a down slope Willakenzie soil series.  This vineyard is dry farmed and LIVE certified.

MAE’S VINEYARD, Applegate Valley
Owned and farmed by Herb Quady, we source two distinct lots of Cabernet Franc from this site, including the single vineyard bottling of our signature Blanc de Cabernet Franc.  Planted in 2006, the vines are trained on a “V” type trellis that splits the canopy, allowing for lots of leaf area and diffracted light.  The vineyard is planted 45 degrees to the east of North, giving more even light exposure during high summer, with south-southeast exposure.  The soil series is “Manita”, gravelly loam, granitic with red/yellow dirt.  The Cabernet Franc clone is 214 on 3309 root stock.  LIVE certified. 

PANNER-HANSON VINEYARD, Rogue Valley
This one acre block supplies us with our favorite Sauvignon Blanc.  Also owned and farmed by Quail Run Vineyards, the Panner-Hanson Vineyard was planted in 2007, and the Sauvignon Blanc is trained on the Scott Henry trellis system.  We work deligently to maintain the leaf canopy to mimimize the development of methoxypyrazines, a class of chemical compounds which are a part of the plant physiology of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc, and are considered to be important in the production of green flavors in Sauvignon Blanc.  Because we make our Sauvignon Blanc in a Loire Valley style, the vineyard yields grapes with delicate notes of melon, citrus, especially grapefruit.  The site is Salmon-Safe, Oregon Certified Sustainable, and L.I.V.E. certified.

SUNDOWN VINEYARD, Rogue Valley
Also owned and farmed by Quail Run Vineyards, the Sundown Vineyard is the source of some of our best lots of Cabernet Franc.  Planted in 1999 in silty loam soils, the Cabernet Franc blocks in this vineyard include both cordon trained vines and the Scott Henry trellis system, with slight eastern aspect leading to steep terraces backed by high mountains, offering high sunlight with protection from afternoon heat, leading to cool evenings.  We manage the canopies closely to minimize methoxypyrazines to avoid green and vegetal characters and to bring out a more intense raspberry and blackberry fruit character.  The site is Salmon-Safe, Oregon Certified Sustainable, and L.I.V.E. certified.