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Carlton Hill Winery

Carlton Hill Winery

A new winery making a small amount of Estate Pinot noir. Vineyard owner David Polite is joined by John Davidson as winemakers. Their 2003 Pinot noir was mentioned on CNN with favorable remarks.

The Vineyard

Currently six acres in size, Carlton Hill Vineyard is located in the Oregon appellation "Yamhill-Carlton District".  The Yamhill-Carlton appellation is an area of the North Willamette Valley near the town of Carlton. The soils in the appelation are comprised of sedimentary remains of an ancient ocean bed, and are some of the oldest soils in the Willamette Valley region.  The wines produced from the area often share characteristic and distinct bright, black fruit flavors. 

The Carlton Hill Vineyard of Carlton Hill Winery, sitting at an elevation ranging between 420 and 480 feet, enjoys eastern exposures not unlike those in Burgundy and is comprised of Willakenzie and Peavine soils.  Planted to 115 and 777 Dijon clones, the vineyard utilizes a dense planting scheme which insures concentration and intensity of flavor.  Carlton Hill Winery features a croquet court where from time to time local wine makers and friends engage in a battle for supremacy.  Thus the presence of croquet mallets on the logo.

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