– Jacques Lardière, Winemaker at Résonance
From encouraging biodiversity on the vineyard floor to controlling crop yields for optimal ripening, we believe devoting ourselves to our vineyards through sustainable, hands-on viticulture is the first step in great winemaking. It is our commitment to Willamette Valley, combined with a sensibility and natural inquisitiveness developed over 170 years of winemaking in Burgundy, that defines our wines.
Résonance Vineyard is our signature estate vineyard and produces the benchmark single-vineyard Résonance Pinot Noir. Planted in 1981 the 20-acre vineyard is organically dry-farmed and situated in the Yamhill Carlton AVA on a south-facing slope between 262 and 492 feet in elevation. The nearby peaks of the Coast Range break apart rain clouds as they come in from the Pacific Ocean, an effect that has earned the nickname, the Carlton rip, and this forms a rain shadow that protects the grapes in the critical weeks before harvest. Sustaining a massal selection of Pommard, Dijon 777, and Wädenswil Pinot Noir, the soils are predominantly ancient, submarine basaltic sediment—shallow and particularly fine, almost silt-like. Extruded many years ago, the marine basalts form some of the oldest soils in Willamette Valley, and we believe they are one of the reasons the Résonance Vineyard is capable of producing grapes of such immense character.
Located 10 miles from Résonance Vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA, Découverte Vineyard is our second estate vineyard and offers another original expression of the Willamette Valley. The 18-acre property sits at 600 to 690 feet in elevation, and 15 acres are under vine, with 12.5 acres of Pinot Noir and 2.5 acres of Chardonnay. It has predominantly red volcanic Jory soils studded with golden-colored stones, and the resulting Pinot Noir grapes, a massal selection of Pommard, 777, Coury, and 96, are driven by red fruit and freshness. The Dundee Hills AVA is where many of Oregon’s pioneering winemakers, such as Dick Erath and David Lett, first put down roots, and our Découverte Vineyard Pinot Noir builds upon this tradition by offering another original expression of the region’s terroir.
We have forged partnerships with like-minded wine growers who are cultivating expressive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards. Each year, these relationships blossom through a shared passion for wines imprinted with the character of the Willamette Valley.
Like Résonance, Hyland Vineyard is situated in the Coast Range foothills, but farther south, in the McMinnville AVA. Planted in 1979 with Chardonnay selection UCD 108, it was one of the first vineyards in Oregon. The soils are predominantly Jory and Nekia, and, at 600 to 800 feet elevation, the historic vineyard experiences cooler days and nights than most of the Willamette Valley, allowing the grapes to mature slowly and tensely, to develop nuance and structure. We use one hundred percent Hyland Vineyard fruit to produce our Chardonnay.