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Lenné Estate, Yamhill Carlton

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 first  Pinot 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.'

Lenné Estate