Our oldest estate vineyard, Ridgecrest is a 55-acre vineyard on a 176-acre property located on Ribbon Ridge, a small ridge at the western end of the Chehalem Range and Valley. Beginning in 1980, this site pioneered grapegrowing on Ribbon Ridge, and is now joined by Beaux Frères, Brick House, Adelsheim, Archery Summit and others.
Soils are Willakenzie, a transition soil series exhibiting characteristics of both volcanic and sedimentary underlying structures. Soil characteristics are silty, clay loam, moderate in soil depth and water retention; friable, not excessively rich, basalt and sandstone/siltstone rock as a base.
Wine characteristics in Pinot noir for Willakenzie soil are big, briary, sweet, black-fruited aromas and flavors, with emphasis on raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, cassis and hints of dusty chocolate, in a style reminiscent of the Cotes de Nuits. Excellent acidity and a finesseful texture and finish are also hallmarks of the vineyard site, being relatively high in elevation, (south-sloping at the 400-600 foot elevation level), mature in vine age, and deeply rooted.
The vineyard is planted to 38.1 acres Pinot noir (50% Pommard, 25% Dijon, 25% Wädenswil), 8 acres Pinot gris, 4.1 acres Riesling (8, 12, W21, Entav 49, GM 198, 239), 2.2 acres Gruner Veltliner, and 1.5 acres Gamay Noir.