HEART OF THE HILL VINEYARD
Walla Walla Valley
Heart of the Hill Vineyard is located in the heart of Red Mountain, the smallest appellation in Washington State at 4,040 acres (1,630 ha planted). The area has a desert climate with average yearly rainfall of five inches per year. During the growing season, daytime temperatures average 90 °F (32 °C) with nighttime temperatures dropping below 50 °F (10 °C). Varieties from Southern France (like Mourvèdre) or Italy thrive in these hot and desert-like conditions.
VARIETALS SOURCED: Mourvèdre
CLONES: Clone #4
ROOTSTOCK: Own rooted
WHY WE LOVE IT
We like to show how different Mourvèdre from this vineyard on Red Mountain is from the French version in the Bandol appellation; not dusty and earthy, but ripe and spicy with nice white crushed pepper.
OUR HEART OF THE HILL
TOTAL NUMBER OF ACRES: 40
ACRES SOURCED: 1
POSITIONING: South facing
EXPOSURE: Center of Red Mountain
SOIL TYPE: Sandy loam and gravel with rich calcium carbonate content
TRELLISING: Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP)
FARMED BY: Scott Williams
YEAR PLANTED: 2006
SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainably farmed,
Integrated Pest Management
At the Heart of Red Mountain you will find Heart of the Hill Vineyard nestled in the center. The mourvèdre that we pull from the site takes on those fantastic site pepper and dark berry notes that I look for in this varietal. The last couple of years we have picked earlier, resulting in beautiful balance and a brighter wine.
Cody Janett, Winemaker