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Vineyard: Zenith

OwnersKari Ramey, St. Innocent Ltd., Tim Ramey
AppellationWillamette Valley
StoryOperated by Tim and Kari Ramey and their partner, St. Innocent, Ltd. Located in the Willamette Valley and planted with 60 acres of Pinot Noir, 12 acres of Chardonnay, and 9 acres of Pinot Gris. Zenith uses a "pragmatic organic" approach to cultivating the grapes.
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2011 Adelsheim Zenith Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.52, 143 cases, $90. Third single vineyard wine from this vineyard that was originally planted in the early 1980s by Pat O’Connor. Kari and Tim Ramey bought it in 2002 and renamed it, expanding the plantings to 70 acres. Clones are 667, “828,” 115, and Pommard planted in volcanic and sedimentary soils. Aged 10 months in 31% new medium-toast French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Seductive aromatics offering scents of black cherries, forest floor and spice. Soft in the mouth and relatively light in weight, with appealing black cherry flavor set off by an earthy note. The tannins are nicely balanced and the good acidity adds grip. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with glorious aromatics. Score: 91. Reviewed October 11, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 St. Innocent Zenith Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 704 cases, $30. Clones 777 and 667 from older blocks and young vine Pommard. Yields 1.4 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed, 2-day cold soak, aged 16 months in 40% new French oak, bottled without fining. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy nose initially, opening slowly over time to reveal inviting aromas of black plum, blackberry and subtle oak. Middleweight flavors of dark red and black berries, backed by well-proportioned firm tannins, finishing with a pleasing note of raspberries. Very soft in the mouth with seamless balance. Will benefit from further bottle age. Very Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »