Where it all starts. In the vineyard. Rocky Point is incredibly blessed to work with three of the most esteemed vineyards in the Oregon Willamette Valley - Le Cadeau, La Colina, and Russell-Grooters, and one of the finest in Washington State - Boushey. Expressing the diversity and quality of terroir in the region - La Colina sits in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA, Le Cadeau on beautiful Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, the Russell-Grooters Vineyard located in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA on Savannah Ridge, and the newest addition, Boushey Vineyards just to the west of Red Mountain in the Yakima Valley AVA.
Le Cadeau Vineyard
Le Cadeau Vineyard is located on the Southern tip of Parrett Mountain, near Newberg, OR, in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The 14-acre, high-elevation (610’ – 725’), vineyard was developed and planted with a singular focus of growing distinctive, complex, estate Pinot noir for Le Cadeau.
The initial plantings of Pinot noir included roughly 1.75-acres each of Pommard and Dijon clones 667 and 777. In addition, just north of the driveway we planted a ¾-acre mixed-clone block consisting of Mariafeld (a Swiss Pinot Noir clone), Pommard, and Dijon clones 777, 113, and 115. Subsequent plantings of additional Pommard clone and assorted Pinot noir “heritage clones” from California have increased the size of the vineyard to its current 16-acres.
From the beginning, the character of Le Cadeau Vineyard was apparent – the aromatics were fresh and intense; the fruit flavors were pure and deep; there were hints of Asian spices mingled with an earthiness that is often not found in young Pinot noir wines. Those core characteristics remain, regardless of the vintage or the winemaking.
La Colina Vineyard
George Hillberry is the talent and passion behind the La Colina Vineyard. Continuing the legacy of five generations in agriculture, George planted himself in grape growing in 1986, relocated to Oregon in July of 2000, and has been managing his family's vineyard properties since then. George manages 125 acres of prime fruit in the Northern Willamette Valley, setting the bar high for both his fellow growers and the select group of winemakers that purchase his fruit.
Both LIVE IOBC and SALMON SAFE Certified, the La Colina Vineyard is committed to the cultivation of premium, sustainably farmed Pinot Noir grapes in one of the most sought after sites in the Dundee Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley. The vineyard is perched on the southwestern tip of the Dundee Hills between 450' - 550' and was planted over three years from 1999 to 2001. Soil sampling has determined that there is over 6' of the infamous Jory soils througout the vineyard, with sections of the hillside covered in Gelderman and Witzel. The property is planted exclusively to Pinot Noir with 5 clonal selections: Pommard, Wadensville, Dijon-115, Dijon-114 and Dijon-777. The Rocky Point Cellars block is 100% 777 - a one acre parcel carved out of the south westernmost section of the vineyard.
Dave Grooters and Robin Russell planted their gorgeous Estate vineyard in 2003 on the hillside of Savannah Ridge in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The care and dedication they both give in producing the best possible wines for their own label Carlton Cellars, shines through in their vineyard. Savannah Ridge is also home to some of the founders of the Oregon wine movement including Ken Wright and Tony Soter.
Dave & Robin's Sauvignon Blanc is Clone 1, planted on 3309 root stock in 2008. Classic to this AVA, a Wellsdale soil layer sits above marine tuffaceous sandstone and siltstone bedrock allowing for roots to run deep. The Clone 1 Sauvignon Blanc originally made its way to the USA from the renowned producer, Chateau d' Yquem of Bordeaux.
You can visit Dave & Robin at their charming winery - Carlton Cellars - in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Carlton, Oregon. Join them for one of their extraordinary vineyard lunches where guest chefs create a unique and memorable culinary experience to accompany the beauty and essence of the vines and wines shared with guests.
Dick Boushey, a cherry and apple grower first, planted Boushey Vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in 1980—three years before the Yakima Valley was recognized as an American Viticultural Area. Boushey Vineyard is located in a cooler region of the Yakima Valley and the grapes grown here earned distinction for the unique terroir they exhibit that is different from grapes grown in the warmer Red Mountain AVA to the east and the Wahluke Slope to the north. Dick was one of the earliest growers in Washington State to recognize the potential success of and to subsequently plant Rhone varietals in Washington.
Today, Boushey Vineyard grows some of the most highly sought-after grapes in Washington. Dick works closely with the winemakers who use his grapes, willing to accommodate them on viticultural issues such irrigation, canopy management, vine training and thinning, selling only to a core group of winemakers who produce wine that match the style Dick aims to achieve in his vineyard.
Dick is known around the globe for his expertise in fruit and fruit juice of all types. His wealth of knowledge of growing quality fruit in Washington State is surpassed by none. His passion for growing the best fruit he can vintage after vintage is palpable. The 2013 Grenache from Boushey is clone FPS 01A.