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A very small (2,000 cases) producer of vineyard-designate wines established in 1999 and located in West Linn, just north of Corvallis. The three vineyard sources include: Le Pavillon Vineyard located in the Dundee Hills with vines over 30 years old, farmed organically since 1999 and biodynamically since 2005; La Chenaie Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills appellation currently transitioning to organic farming; the estate Meute de Chiens Vineyard in West Linn planted to six clones of Pinot Noir and farmed organically.
The top cuvees are offered under the Holloran label and are crafted by noted winemaker Jay Christopher Somers (formerly Cameron Winery and now with his own label, J. Christopher Wines) with assistance from Mark LaGasse. Winemaking is traditional with minimal handling, small lot fermentations, no fining or filtering. A second, value-priced line of wines is bottled under the Stafford Hill label.
Holloran Vineyard wines have good retail distribution on the East and West coasts. The website offers little information. The phone is 503-638-6224.
2006 Holloran Le Pavillon Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $33. · Not a terribly deep or complex wine, but one that has admirable finesse and easy drinkability. Plenty of black cherry and black raspberry fruit to satisfy with a hint of oak spice and char. Soft, clean and nicely balanced. Similarly styled to Jay Christopher’s own wines, this one is impressive for the money and worth seeking out. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »