Neighborhood West Ridge Yamhill Carlton Tasting

TEST Neighboring vineyard owners and their winemakers showcased their wines with “A Taste of Place”, a tasting event this month in the rolling hills west of Carlton, Oregon. Hosted in the barn at Carlton Hill Vineyard, winemakers poured Pinot noir and Chardonnay from four nearly contiguous vineyards in a seven vineyard area they refer to as the “West Ridge” of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.

Tasting with the neighbors around the west ridge of the Yamhill Carlton AVA.


left to right: Stephen and Cathy Conwill, owners of Yates Conwill Vineyard – Dave Polite, Carlton Hill Vineyard –   Jacques Lardière,  Résonance Vineyard (Jadot) – Jay McDonald, EIEIO and the maker of the EIEIO Yates Conwill Vineyard Pinot noir. Not pictured, Kristin Cardwell, pouring for Terry Family Wines – Tara Bloom, Carlton Hill Vineyards. test2

Map of the vineyards in the tasting – From top to bottom,
Terry Family Vineyard, wine made by Jared Etzel, owner Rick Terry;
Domaine Roy et Fils Vineyard did not participate, Jared Etzel is a co-owner;
Carlton Hill Vineyard, wine made by  Dave Polite, owner Dave Polite, the tasting was held here;
Merriman Vineyard, did not participate;
Resonance Vineyard, wine made by Jacques Lardière, owned by Jadot;
Yates Conwill Vineyard, EIEIO Yates Conwill wines made by Jay McDonald, vineyard owned by Stephen and Cathy Conwill.

West Ridge vineyards in relation to the overall Yamhill Carlton AVA and the surrounding towns.

The event was held at Carlton Hill Vineyard in Tara and Dave’s historic barn.

Jacques Lardière, Résonance Vineyard (Jadot)

Jay McDonald, EIEIO, pouring his Yates Conwill Pinot noir for tasters.

About 100 people attended this inaugural event for the west ridge of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.

Kristin Cardwell, pouring Terry Family wines and Jay McDonald of EIEIO. Kristin is a level three Sommelier.

Tara and Dave Polite with their 2013 Carlton Hill Estate Pinot noir.

Jay McDonald, EIEIO, Tara Polite, and Dave Conwill of Yates Conwill Vineyard.

The tasting was busy the entire time, with visitors commenting on the similarities and differences between the Pinots. Is there a “West Ridge” terroir?


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