Angel Vine (formerly Three Angels) is based in Carlton, Oregon and makes wine from both Washington and Oregon fruit. We've been blown away by their delicious (and very reasonably priced) red wines. The 2007 vintage was on fire, and the 2008 is is equally impressive.
Angel Vines's "big reds" - Zinfandel and Primitivo - are made with fruit purchased from several exceptional Washington vineyards - Les Collines (Walla Walla), Avery (Columbia Gorge), Coyote Canyon (Horse Heaven Hills), and StoneTree (Wahluke Slope).
More About Angel Vine - Three Angels
Angel Vine's estate vineyard, planted in 2001, is the source for their new Pinot noir. The first vintage, the 2009, will be released in late 2010 or early 2011.
A legal dispute with another winery led to a change from the winery's first name, "Three Angels" to "Angel Vine".
Angel Vine's Vineyards
Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley AVA
The vineyard is located in Washington State, to the southeast of the town of Walla Walla, and is situated on "the foothills" (Les Collines) of the Blue Mountains contiguous with the WA - OR border. About 15 million years ago the region experienced cataclysmic volcanic activity creating basalt bedrock from lava flows. Following the retreat of the glaciers approximately 10,000 - 15,000 years ago, the colossal Missoula floods deposited an eclectic combination of soils in the Walla Walla Valley. Known by Native Americans as "many waters", Walla Walla is located at 46 degrees latitude. The long hot summer days and short cool nights produce Zinfandel with incredible flavor and distinction. The vineyard is certified as sustainable by The Vinea Trust and LIVE.
Avery Vineyard, Columbia Gorge AVA
Located near Maryhill in the east end of the Columbia River Gorge, the Zinfandel grown in this vineyard is greatly influenced by its southern exposure and the "wind tunnel" that split the Cascades at the WA - OR border. Moist air from the Pacific Ocean is exchanged with drier inland air from the east creating conditions that are relatively warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Soils have been accumulated from wind, floods, volcanic eruptions, and landslides. Precipitation is about 10 inches a year in this area. These harsh conditions produce fruit with great structure and intense character.
Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Situated on the plateau that separates the Yakima River Valley to the north and the Columbia River Valley to the south, the vineyard is comprised of more than 1,200 acres. Topography (south sloping dry plains), wind, temperatures (arid and hot), and the lack of rainfall (< 9 inches annually) create ideal conditions for growing the Primitivo grape. The vines at this site produce wines with a bold and forward identity.
StoneTree Vineyard, Wahluke Slope AVA
On a southfacing slope of the Saddle Mountains, above the Columbia River lies this 250 acre vineyard. The Wahluke Slope (pronounced WAH-luke) is amoung Washington's warmer sites, easily exceeding 3,200 heat units per year. The vineyard was named for the petrified trees found at the site. Growing conditions include desert-like sunshine, only about 7.5 inches of rain annually, and soils comprised of caliche (a calcium carbonate/rock aggregate), glacial outwash and wind blown sands. Zinfandel, Primitivo, and Petite Sirah are sourced from this site begining with the 2008 vintage.