We produce rare, estate-grown, organically-farmed, and classically-made Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the foothills of the Pacific Coastal Range in the Willamette Valley.
Our Pinot Noir is produced by winemaker Isabelle Dutartre at DePonte Cellars in the Dundee Hills. Isabelle has been crafting beautiful wine for more than 40 years, including Premier and Grand Cru Burgundies. Born in Paris, she studied winemaking at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. She worked for many years at Maison Joseph Drouhin, one of Burgundy's top producers, before arriving in Oregon in 1993 to assist Domaine Drouhin with their Oregon venture alongside Véronique Drouhin.
She became head winemaker at DePonte Cellars in 2001 and produced their Lonesome Rock pinot noir since the site's very first harvest in 2010. DePonte Cellars will continue producing Lonsesome Rock under our new label with Isabelle at the helm.
The plantings of Pinot Noir at Lonesome Rock vary greatly. Aspects include south, southeast, west and even a portion of the older plantings facing north. Soil types include Jory (volcanic basalt soil type) and Saum-Parret (a rockier version of Jory). There are 5 different clones on 3 different rootstocks planted on hillsides ranging from 2% to more than 25% slope.
The wine is aged on 20% new French oak for 11 months.
Lonesome Rock is an exciting place for Chardonnay. Starting at 600+ feet and rising to 650, 1.25 acre volcanic soil parcel is on a south facing slope. At this elevation, in this soil, the Chardonnay is only capable of grand-cru Burgundy-type yields. Fewer than 200 cases per year will ever be produced.
Our winemaker for Chardonnay is Jackson Holstein of Granville Wines. Jackson grew up in the wine industry and actually worked with our vines as a vineyard manager years ago. Three separate picks were done for the 2021 Chardonnay over 13 days. Each pick was fermented separately using different vessels including stainless steel barrel, Chassin, neutral French oak, and a new Meyrieux 500L puncheon. Only 125 cases of 2021 produced. We can't wait to bottle in August 2022!