Olson Vineyard is Torii Mor’s estate vineyard, located in the Dundee Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley. The vineyard was first planted in 1972, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the valley. Olson Vineyard is LIVE certified.
Harvested on September 27, the fruit was handpicked, sorted, destemmed, and then fermented without whole clusters, in small 1.5 ton bins and wood tank for 15 to 16 days before pressing. This blend is 19.12% Coury selection, 23.9% Dijon 667, 37.86% Pommard/upright/Wadensvil from the East Block David Lett cuttings and 19.12% of Pommard. The wine aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 10.36% new, 4.78% one year old, 4.78% two years old and the rest neutral. . The barrels were racked in April, after Malo-Lactic fermentation then again in August when the blend was put together before returning to neutral barrels until bottling.
The 2015 growing season started with bud break in early April, following a mostly dry and mild winter that hardly had any snowpack in the mountains and triggered drought in the late summer. We experienced an early and dry spring as in 2013 and 2014 that followed a dry and warm February. The early, fast moving bloom started late May, and a really dry summer followed. By early August we knew harvest was going to start early, but September cooled down, allowing for great flavor development. Harvest at Torii Mor started September 12th and was in full swing by the 15th, all the way through October 5 for Willamette Valley fruit. The lack of rainfall during the summer didn’t manifest itself in the vineyards where the vines stayed green and healthy through harvest.