Region: Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
Variety: Pinot Noir
Terroir: Iron rich, red volcanic Jory composed of silt, clay, and loam
Cameron Winery’s focus on sustainable farming demands a level of care and attention that is evident in every last drop of the wine they produce. John Paul started Cameron in 1984 after deciding he’d rather make wine than use his PhD in marine biochemistry. Now Cameron produces 3,000 to 4,000 cases of high quality, hand-crafted and sustainably-farmed wine a year. Part of Cameron’s effort to farm sustainably is to operate as a non-irrigated vineyard, so the vine’s roots grow deep into the Willamette Valley’s iron rich soil and produce a wine unique to this part of the world.
Abbey Ridge, the vineyard from which this Pinot Noir is produced, is one of three vineyards of the winery. Planted over 45 years ago, it is comprised of Wadenswil and Pommard, but in 2018 a single small fermenter from the Pommard block produced an exceptional wine, so this clone became the centerpiece. The 2018 vintage produced an incredible richness and strength on top of complex aromatics of violets, dark cherry, earth and bramble.