Lenné Estate are producers of hand crafted,
estate grown Oregon Pinot Noir. This Oregon Pinot Noir comes from
our small 20.9 acre vineyard near the town of Yamhill, Oregon, in
the Yamhill-Carlton District.
The winemaking style is minimalist, taking advantage of the
profound flavours produced by this unique Pinot Noir vineyard. Two
wines are produced here comprised entirely of estate fruit. The
Noir represents the entire vineyard and each clone
planted. The 2nd Pinot
Noir Pommard Selection is a barrel selection of the finest
wine from our estate each vintage. Both wines are from low yields
and are minimally handled in the winery. We also make small lots of
single clone wines each year under the Lenné Estate label.
What sets Lenné apart from other Oregon Pinot Noirs? Location,
location, location. The steep south facing slope is at the perfect
elevation and has some of the poorest soil in Yamhill County
resulting in concentrated Pinot Noir.
Steve Lutz, Proprietor:
'The search for a great site started in 1999 and ended on a
warm April day in 2000. We walked up a hill into an old pasture
some friends had told us about and it was immediately clear how
warm the site was, what perfect orientation the site had and how
well drained the soils were. I knew the minute we climbed into that
pasture, that this was an A+ site; it had the right elevation,
orientation and soil type. What I didn't know is how difficult it
would be to farm. But it is true that great wines never come easy.
There are many gray areas in wine, but if there is one truth, it is
that great wines come from poor soils. Vines are built for
reproducing themselves and poor soils control vigor and produce
very high quality fruit. I can vouch for the fact that this soil is
about as bad as they come. It's peavine mostly, and when you dig
into it you wonder how anything grows. We have had our share of
disasters and lost thousands of plants over the years we have been
here. We have paid a price for our determination(or stupidity) not
to irrigate and we have made our share of mistakes and felt them
sting. But after some rough years, we started making wine out of
the fruit and all that pain started to disappear. The site started
to reveal why you grow Pinot Noir in difficult places: to produce
delicious wines totally reflective of one specific place. For me
that place is Lenné.'