Lazy River Vineyard lies on the steep south-facing slope of Mt. Richmond in the Northwest Willamette Valley, three and one-half miles from Yamhill, Oregon. Not visible from nearby roads, the vines appear almost magically after travelers complete the one-mile drive through a neighbor’s pasture before finally arriving at the Lumpkin Family’s property. The guests’ sense of discovery continues as they walk the slopes and sample the wine.
From the top of the hill, one looks down to the mixed terrain, interlocking puzzle pieces of woods, rolling meadows, grape vines and ponds. The land is separated north from south by a meandering small river, which by August hardly moves. A few miles away in Dundee is a prized soil type, Jory. Lazy River is 20 miles west of Dundee. It also has Jory soil, an anomaly left by a westerly detour of the Missoula flood 40,000 years ago. Jory is a prized red clay capable of producing classic Pinot Noir.
Lazy River has three defining characteristics which make it an ideal Pinot Noir site. The cooler location, nearly touching the foothills of the Coast Range, results in vines that have less vigor (good), ripen at a slower pace (also good for developing the flavors of the grapes) and temperatures that range from warm to hot during the daytime to quite cool at night.
Lazy River is managed by Buddy Beck and Angel Martinez of Advanced Vineyard Systems, and is owned by Ned and Kirsten Lumpkin, Francoise Neuville and The Lumpkin Family.
Our Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir is a blend of Pommard and Dijon 777 clones. For the 2018 vintage we are excited to be adding three additional clones; Dijon 667 and Heritage clones, Swan and Mt. Eden.
350 – 400 ft.
Pinot Noir clones:
Dijon 115, Dijon 667, and Wädenswil