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The Durant family planted their first vineyard in the Dundee Hills of Oregon in 1973. As pioneers in the Oregon wine industry, the Durant family has supplied grapes to select premier wineries in Oregon ( Domaine Drouhin, Sokol Blosser, Lange Estate, Bergstrom, Ponzi Vineyards, Hamacher, ADEA, Cottonwood, White Rose and Owen Roe), and produced notable premium Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay from estate grapes. Over 60 acres are dry-farmed. The first Durant Vineyard wine was released in 2003.
Durant Estate Pinot Noirs are vinified by different wineries (in 2008, LaCasita Vineyard by ADEA Winery, Southview Heron Vineyard by Aaron Hess, and Southview Lark Vineyard by Dobbs Winery).
For a private tasting or to order wine, phone 503-864-8502. The estate is open Memorial Day and Thanksgiving weekends.
2012 Durant Vineyards Raven Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.5% alc., pH 3.67, 264 cases, $25. From vines planted in 1993 to clones 76 and 96. Crafted by Isabelle Dutarte of De Ponte Cellars. Harvest Brix 24.5º. Yield 2 tons per acre. · Very light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas and flavors of apple, lemon, Asian pear, and nutty oak are offered in a bright, lighter-flavored style. Slightly soft on the palate with tight acidity and a walnut and lemon infused finish. Score: 88. Reviewed November 20, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Durant Vineyards Olivia Grace Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., pH 3.61, 165 cases, $60. This block was planted in 2006 to Pommard clone and is named after one of Paul Durant’s two daughters. The wine was vinified by winemaker Chad Stock of Minimus Wines. 100% Pommard clone. Harvest Brix 22.5º, yield 1.5 tons per acre. · Although also made from Pommard clone, this wine is distinctly different from Bishop. The nose is extravagantly scented with aromas of cherry, rose petal, and spice. The fruit load is luscious and intense, but the tannins are more reserved, and this wine displays plenty of vibrancy and up front enjoyment. Two days later, when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, this wine had taken on added interest with seductive aromas of cherries and spice and a delicious array of red fruit flavors that spoke Pinot in character. Score: 92. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Durant Vineyards Bishop Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.67, 204 cases, $65. Bishop is one of the original 1973 blocks planted to Pommard clone with some own-rooted vines. The wine is vinified by winemaker Isabelle Dutarte. Harvest Brix 24.2º. Yields 0.75 tons per acre. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Brooding aromas of oak-dusted black fruits. Lovely purple stone and berry mid weight sappy fruits with a lush mid palate attack and a vivid and rich fruit-laden finish. A big wine for Oregon but the fruit is buffered by firm ripe tannins and is not daunting. Similar the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Give this wine some time for the aromas to arrive and the rich fruit to temper. Score: 91. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »