|Owner(s)||Celia Austin, Ken Austin III|
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Fifth generation Newberg resident Ken Austin III and his spouse, Celia, planted the first vines on their estate in the Chehalem Mountains in 2008, a few months after the Austin family began building the Allison Inn & Spa. The 15-acre Rain Dance Vineyard is planted to Pommard, Wädenswil, and Dijon clones 115, 667, 777 and 943 in Jory soil. Today Rain Dance Vineyards owns seven estate vineyard sites totaling 120 acres, 59 of which are currently planted. All vineyards are dry farmed using sustainable practices and are Salmon Safe and LIVE certified.
The Austins had previously established Rain Dance Ranch in 1991 that became one of the country’s premier llama ranches and llamas are a prominent fixture on the hillside of Bell & Herd Roads in Newberg.
The first Estate Pinot Noir from the 2013 vintage was released May 1, 2015, crafted by winemaker Bryan Weil who has winemaking experience at Domaine Serene, Tyee Wine Cellars, and Alexana Winery, all in Oregon.
The winery’s tasting room is located just off the corner of Bell Road and Highway 219 at the base of the Chehalem Mountains AVA in the Rain Dance Marketplace. A flagship Estate Pinot Noir and member exclusive Reserve Pinot Noir are offered. Tastings are available Tuesday through Sunday. Visit www.raindancevineyards.com. Prices are quite moderate considering the high quality.
2015 Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Rosé
14.1% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.56, RS 0.16%, 149 cases, $22, screwcap. Released May 1, 2016. Harvest Brix 24.2º. Whole cluster pressed, on skins 4 hours, cold fermented, and aged in neutral French oak barrels. · Moderate strawberry red color in the glass. Very fragrant, even over time in the glass, showing aromas of strawberry, raspberry, peach and blood orange. A hearty styled rosé with flavors of cherry, watermelon, strawberry and orange peel. Smooth and crisp in the mouth with some length on the fruit-filled finish. Score: 90. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 Rain Dance Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.74, TA 0.47, 150 cases, $40. Released May 1, 2016. Harvest Brix 24.8º. 57% Pommard, 28% Wädenswil, 14% 667. 4-day cold soak, 10-day fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 29% new, 29% once-filled and 42% neutral. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Riper nose and flavors, featuring black cherry and blueberry fruits, a note of root beer, and a thread of smoky oak in the background. Cashmere tannins lead to a velveteen mouthfeel in this soothing wine with some length on the upbeat finish. Score: 89. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »
2013 Rain Dance Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir
12.7% alc., pH 3.84, TA 0.50, 150 cases, $40. Harvest Brix 21.5º. 67% Wädenswil, 33% Pommard. 4-day cold soak, 10-day fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. There is plenty of oak input on the nose, with aromas of spice, smoke and clove along with the scent of black cherry fruit. Light to mid weight in style, with a peppery, spicy cherry core. Rather delicate and elegant, with oak influence in the background, finishing demurely. Score: 88. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »