Vineyard: Durant

OwnersKen Durant, Penny Durant
AppellationDundee Hills
StoryOwners are Ken and Penny Durant Planted in 1973 in Dundee Hills making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Dundee Hills 55 acres, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris Farmed sustainably Southeast exposure on Jory soils at elevation of 200' to 600'
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

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 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Seven of Hearts Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.65, 112 cases, $35. One of the oldest vineyards this winery works with including the 41-year-old Pommard Bishop Block. Dijon 114 and 115 also. 50% of blend co-fermented. 56% whole cluster fermented. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Beguiling scents of cherry, spice and rose petal. Very suave and seductive with a juicy and bright wild cherry core brought into focus with lively citric acidity. Well-structured for aging, but the tannins are not astringent. Rolls off the palate like a satin sheet at the finish with layers of flavor returning for an encore. Score: 93. Reviewed June 26, 2014 WINERY » 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 WINERY » 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 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Seven of Hearts Very Special Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.59, 126 cases, $75. This wine is only made in very special vintages. From Luminous Hills, Armstrong, Lia’s and Durant vineyards. 33% whole cluster fermented. Aged in 23% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Extroverted nose offering aromas of wild berries and exotic spices. Forceful and assertive on the palate, yet elegant, with a perfectly ripened core of berry fruit still mildly compressed by tannins. Similar to the Special Reserve, but more aloof at this stage. An ethereal wine that oozes pinotosity. Score: 95. Reviewed June 26, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 White Rose Estate Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 167 cases, $60. Vineyard was planted in 1994 to Dijon clone 114 in Jory soil. Harvested November 2, 2011. 90% whole cluster, aged 16 months in 14% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Reserved aromas of dark red cherries and berries, wooded forest and spice. This wine has the most concentration and the darkest fruit of the 2011 wines tasted. The whole cluster influence is subtle and alluring. The dry tannins are evident, but are pure silk in texture producing a very round and smooth palate. A generous, long finish completes the picture. Score: 92. Reviewed October 27, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 White Rose Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.61, 500 cases, $30. A blend from 3 sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley, 4 different vineyards (White Rose Vineyard, Durant Vineyard, Luciole Vineyard and Kason Vineyard), 9 different vineyard blocks and 6 different clones. 28% whole cluster. Total skin contact 19-31 days. All wine basket pressed. Aged 15 months in 14% French oak. · Light red rose color in the glass. Effusive aromas of dark red cherries, spice, sawdust and stem. A step up in body and intensity featuring bright red cherry essence with gregarious spice including clove, carrying over to the long and refreshing finish fueled by bright acidity. Perhaps a touch under ripe, but I find it irresistible: it’s what the vintage gave. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Matello Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 100 cases, $42. Winemaker Marcus Goodfellow’s first vintage from a vineyard planted in 1974 to Pommard clone, and nonirrigated. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very light but charming array of red fruit flavors including cherries, strawberries and cranberries. Highly aromatic on approach, and comes at you like an arrow upon entry. Elegantly styled with well-matched tannin and acidity, offering interesting hints of anise and baking spice. Shows off the vintage beautifully. Reviewed November 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Matello Souris Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 165 cases, $42. A barrel selection from Whistling Ridge Vineyard, Durant Vineyard and Bishop Creek Vineyard. Non-irrigated vines. · Light reddishpurple color in the glass. Delicate aromas of cherries and strawberries unfold nicely over time in the glass. Rather austere and “Burgundian” in style if you will, featuring red fruits with hints of oak, redwood and herbs in the background. Finishes with mellow red cherry flavor. Elegant, like see-thru red lingerie. Some may find the wine too tight, light and tart but they may miss the point of this acid-charged wine. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »