Curious how soil affects wine? Our Soil Trilogy is a great way to experience three wines made with the same varietal, by the same winemaker, our own Adam Campbell, from grapes grown on each of the three primary soil types here in the northern Willamette Valley. We are very fortunate to farm Pinot Noir on each of the three major Willamette Valley soil types: Willakenzie (marine sedimentary), Laurelwood (windblown silt) and Jory (volcanic clay). Our wines that typify the expression of each soil type are:
La Bohème (Willakenzie/marine sediment)
Five Mountain (Laurelwood/windblown silt)
Clay Court (Jory/volcanic clay)
From early on, it was our goal to farm on this diversity of soil types so that we could take Elk Cove 100% estate. The final piece of this puzzle was our purchase of Clay Court Vineyard in 2009. Clay Court is now home to Elk Cove founders Pat and Joe Campbell – and the namesake tennis court.
There is a relationship between soil type, aromatics and fruit expression that is fascinating to explore. Our soil trilogy is your chance to find out first-hand and taste for yourself. Our Single Vineyard Wines are made in small runs, this offer is only available while supplies last.
Want to know more about our local geology and how it affects wines? Check out this article by local wine geologist and Portland State professor Scott Burns.