VOLUME 10, ISSUE 2
December 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
2014 Pinot Noir All-Americans 2014 California Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 California Pinot Noir Second Team All-Americans 2014 California Pinot Noir Honorable Mention All-Americans 2014 California Value Priced Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 California Value Priced Honorable Mention All-Americans 2014 Oregon Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 Oregon Pinot Noir Second Team All-Americans 2014 Oregon Value Priced Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 Oregon Value Priced Pinot Noir Honorable Mention All-Americans 2014 California Chardonnay All-Americans 2014 California & Oregon Value Priced Chardonnay All-Americans First Encounters of Noteworthy Pinot Noir Producers in 2014 Winery of Year: White Rose Estate Best Wine Quotes of 2014 Happy Holidays!
Dan and Cindy Marca studied viticulture through courses from University of California at Davis, Oregon State University and Chemeketa Community College's Northwest Viticulture Center in Salem. Ten years later, in 2006, they bought a 15-acre property near Jacksonville in the Rogue Valley. They named the estate DANCIN Vineyards after the first three letters of each of their names.
The site has a unique exposure making it suitable for Pinot Noir. The vineyard is shaded for up to two hours a day at the hottest time of the day at an elevation of 1,500 to 1,700 feet.
The vineyard is adjacent DANCIN's tasting room and winery. By mid-March, there will be just over 19 acres with 67% planted to Pinot Noir, and the remainder to Chardonnay. There are seven different Pinot Noir clones.
The wines are made by winemaker Linda Donovan from Pallet Wine Company in Medford. She has experience with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Flowers Vineyard & Winery on the Sonoma Coast.
A Tuscan style tasting room has impressive views of the Cascade Range and a wine cave houses barreled and bottled wines. Once all the vineyards are in production, expected output will be 3,000-3,600 cases.
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