Located seven miles west of the charming town of Carlton, OR on the western edge of the Willamette Valley, Lonesome Rock is tucked away in the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range.
The organically-farmed vineyard was established in 2007 by Scott and Rae Baldwin of DePonte Cellars and has been continuously managed by viticultural experts Zak Laster and Angel Martinez from Advanced Vineyard Systems since its inception.
The vineyard is planted on ancient volcanic and marine-sedimentary soils. Elevation rises to 780 ft, considered high elevation in the Willamette Valley, and the slopes range from 2%-25%.
Budbreak and harvest typically fall a few weeks later than vineyards further inland. The relatively high elevation results in bountiful sunshine, while coastal influences of chilly ocean breezes temper the heat. The interplay between sun and cool-climate along with significant diurnal swings in temperature allows our fruit to ripen fully, but slowly, resulting in beautiful complexity while maintaining fresh, balanced acidity.
There are two distinct vineyard blocks:Old Vines on Volcanic Soil:
- 7.5 acres
- Planted in 2007
- Primarily faces west with small sections facing southwest and north
- Soil - dark red volcanic basalt Saum Parrett -- a rockier version of Jory
- Pinot Noir Clones - Dijon 667 and 777
- Rows run north-south in one section and east-west in the other
- 7.5 acres
- Planted between 2013 - 2018
- Soil - primarily marine sedimentary with a few pockets of volcanic basalt
- Primarily faces south
- Pinot Noir Clones - Wadensvil, Mt. Eden, PN50
- Pinot Meunier
- Rows run north-south