Steep Creek, Nelson, West Balch Ranch, The Raven
Steep Creek Ranch is our winery home vineyard. The grapes grow on a southern slope on the upper block above the winery, where we tend the vines with great love and care. The vineyard and all of our properties are managed with Biodynamic and Organic philosophy and practice. As a bottled embodiment of our passion for great vineyards, this is only the beginning of what we would like to showcase from our future estate plantings.
We have been farming the nearby Nelson Vineyard since 2009. This vineyard is located directly to the south of our winery on the shores of the Columbia River. Having implemented Biodynamic practices and organic farming, we have slowly been able to increase our yields on this wind blasted site. Situated on a peninsula jutting out into the Columbia River, this vineyard has our earliest bud-break and latest frost of any site we farm. Planted to Syrah and a small amount of Viognier, the vineyard is planted in windblown soils. With photosynthesis inhibited by the wind, the vineyard produces dark wines of moderate alcohol with a distinct savory aspect.
West Balch Ranch is a newer vineyard on a property adjacent to the winery. We began farming this site from the original planting date and are thrilled to add this site including Viognier and Gruner Veltliner for more estate wine bottling. We have implemented Biodynamic practices and organic farming as with all of our estate vines.
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