VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Olsen Family Vineyards
The Olsen family has farmed in the Willamette Valley for five generations. Currently, Roger and Jamie Olsen are at the helm of Olsen Agriculture which has 11,000 acres of farmland between Portland and Eugene. The Olsen's major crop is grass seed, but they also grow blueberries, landscape trees and plants, peppermint, filberts, and grapes. 450 acres are planted to grapevines in five distinct vineyards managed by Dean Underwood. The vineyards are planted almost exclusively to Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris (about 50/50).
Winemaker Bill Kremer, most recently the winemaker for King Estate Winery, joined Olsen Family Vineyards in 2008 and is in charge of making Viridian's flagship Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The name Viridian means a color about halfway between the blue skies of Oregon and the green, growing vines. The two wines are very inexpensive and are sold on the website.
A new winery facility is planned at Mulkey Hill Vineyard near the corporate business offices. A tasting room is open in Newberg.
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