Location: Prosser, Washington
Appellation: Yakima Valley Appellation
Elevation: 1000 feet, rows N/S aligned
Soil Type: Warden silt/loam
The vineyard is approximately 17 years old consisting of mostly Bordeaux type grape varietals. We source our Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Syrah from this site. The vineyards are meticulously cared for and are one of the finest sites we have seen in the area.
The owners are 3rd generation farmers on this 160-acre site, which has 80 acres planted in grapes. They use a Geneva Double Curtain system to trellis the fruit, which gives great fruit exposure and produces some of the finest fruit in the area.
The Prosser area is a little cooler than the Walla Walla area, which allows the fruit to hang longer and develop superior, flavors and aromatics
Elerding Vineyards in the Horse Heaven AVA
Horse Heaven Hills is naturally bounded... on the north by the Yakima Valley appellation and on the south by the Columbia River. It is home to many established vineyards such as the Champoux Vineyard, and Destiny Ridge Vineyard (both formerly of Mercer Ranch fame), Columbia Crest and the Andrew Vineyard.
The hills are geologic folds in the earth's crust which account for the consistent winds that blow across the land, lowering the risk of vineyard disease and pests. These continual winds stress the vines of vineyards across the region, drying them out and setting the stage for drip irrigation to be used as a canopy management tool to limit the plants' vigor. All these factors lead to intense-flavored grapes with a structural balance of sugars and acids.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate (formerly Quail Hill)
Location: Sherwood, Oregon.
Appellation: Chehalem Mountain Appellation
Elevation: 500 feet, rows N/S aligned
Soil Type: Laurelwood
The vineyard is approximately 12 years old consisting of Pinot Noir Dijon 115 and Pommard.