Vineyard: Dion

OwnerKevin Dion Johnson
AppellationChehalem Mountains
StoryA third generation family-run vineyard. LIVE and Salmon Safe certified.
Dates PlantedInitially 1973 (5 acres).
Acres60
AspectRelatively warm southeastern facing slope at elevations of 350 to 550 feet.
SoilsLaurelwood
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2010 DION Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., $22. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Scent of cherries, peat and a whiff of mustard. Tasty core of cherries with an underpinning of earth and herbs. Nicely balanced and easy to drink with soft tannins and lively acidity. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 DION Vineyard Limited Release Old Vines Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $35. Self-rooted, dry-farmed Pommard clone planted in 1976 in Laurelwood soil at 300 to 500 feet. Aged 13 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. This is one of those wines that you know is exceptional from the first sip. The beguiling aromas draw you in with notes of cherries, strawberries, nutmeg and other spices. Smooth, seamless, polished and flat out delicious, this wine sports middleweight flavors of perfectly ripened dark red cherries, raspberries, spice and dark chocolate. Supple tannins and a satisfying cut of acidity in the background. This wine is assertive without weight, showing restraint and modesty, yet delivering a load of pleasure. Quintessential Oregon Pinot Noir. Reviewed June 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Dion Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Reserve Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 97 cases, $32. A 4-barrel selection aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 13 months. The barrels were selected for overall highest quality of the vintage as well as for the blend. First Reserve bottling. Clones 115, 667, 777 and 114. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with fresh aromas of dark red cherries and berries with complimentary oak spice. Substantial flavors of dark cherries and berries wrapped in generous tannins. Very soft and seamless on the palate with welcoming hi-tone fruit on the big, persistent finish. Very good. Reviewed May 11, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »