MINNICK HILLS VINEYARD

Walla Walla Valley

The south-facing slope, at 1150 ft elevation, is higher than most vineyards in Walla Walla, and perfectly suited to soaking up the warm sun while simultaneously drawing a welcoming breeze that creates good air circulation through the vines. The soils are a sought-after combination of Mt. Mazama volcanic ash content, with windblown loess; this provides deep, extremely well-drained soils. The good drainage means we don't have to worry so much about early frost and this allows for longer hang-time in the fall, giving the grapes time to fully ripen. The vines here are healthy and vigorous; important so that the full canopy can protect the grapes from the scalding Eastern Washington sun, again allowing for slow, even ripening.

GRAPE STATS

VARIETALS SOURCED: 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

CLONES: 

Cabernet Sauvignon - JD #8

Malbec - V12-14ARV #3

Merlot - KK #4

Cabernet Franc - Clone #1

Petiti Verdot - ENTAV 400 PP-JW

ROOTSTOCK:

Own rooted

WHY WE LOVE IT

We love this somewhat undiscovered location just northeast of Walla Walla. Owned and operated by the Minnicks, who are 5th generation farmers, this vineyard epitomizes what Forgeron searches for when sourcing from vineyards. It is a reasonable size, which allows the owners to really understand and care for each row and each varietal. It is Certified Salmon-Safe and management deploys sustainable weed and pest reduction, adhering to LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) certification requirements. 

OUR MINNICK HILLS VINEYARD WINES
VINEYARD STATS

TOTAL NUMBER OF ACRES: 25

ACRES SOURCED: 4

POSITIONING: South facing

EXPOSURE: Sloped on the North side of Walla Walla

ELEVATION: 1,150'

SOIL TYPE: Mt. Mazama volcanic ash, windblown loess

TRELLISING: Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP)

IRRIGATED: Yes

FARMED BY: Laura Minnick

YEAR PLANTED: 2000

SUSTAINABILITY: Salmon Safe & LIVE Certified

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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MERLOT

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PROPRIETARY BLEND

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This vineyard is our main attraction for Bordeaux varietals in Walla Walla Valley. From our Anvil by Forgeron "The Minnick" Proprietary Blend to our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, we always know that we can count on the Minnick Hills Vineyard to produce world-class Walla Walla Valley grapes. 

Cody Janett, Winemaker