2012 Oregon Growing Season Update for the 1st Week of June

June 25 2012

King Estate Oregon Growing Season Update 2012 First Week of June
During the growing season, our winemakers venture beyond the 470 acres of our organic estate vineyard to make the rounds all over Oregon and Washington wine country. They do this throughout the summer, visiting the 40+ vineyards that grow grapes for our wines.

On a recent trip the first week of June, winemakers visited our grower partners in Silverton and the Northern Willamette Valley to check in on vine growth. We work closely with vineyard managers from the start to ensure their vines yield the best possible fruit when it comes time for harvest. Getting the best wine in the bottle, and subsequently into your glass, is an effort that starts long before the first buds break on the vine.

Growth slowed down slightly with the cooler weather we had the first week of June. Things are looking very good and are still easily ahead of last year. The weather forecast for the upcoming week is looking even better. Bring on the summer sun!

- Jeff Kandarian, Director of Winemaking & Viticulture

Dion Vineyard: All Pinot Gris, planted to clones 146 and 152, all self rooted vines. We are expecting 12 tons.

Dion Vineyard Facing South June 2012
Dion Vineyard looking south.

Dion looking southeast; 17-30
Dion Vineyard looking southeast: 17-30″ shoots, in coming weeks these vines will be suckered, shoot thinned, and wired to the trellis.

Jesse Estate Vineyards (Johnson School blocks): Planted to Pinot Gris clone 146 and Pinot Noir clones 777 and 113. We are expecting 16 tons of Pinot Gris and 25 tons of Pinot Noir. The vines are bilateral cane pruned using VSP (vertical shoot position) trellising.

Johnson School block at Jesse Estate Vineyards looking southwest. This gentle rolling hillside is planted to 20 acres exclusively for King Estate. The combination of a great site and a skilled grower provide all the potential for producing truly great wine grapes. We are anticipating great things from this vineyard. This will be the second year that these vines produce fruit and the wines from last vintage really impressed us.
Johnson School block at Jesse Estate Vineyards looking southwest. This gentle rolling hillside is planted to 20 acres exclusively for King Estate. The combination of a great site and a skilled grower provide all the potential for producing truly great wine grapes. We are anticipating great things from this vineyard. This will be the second year that these vines produce fruit and the wines from last vintage really impressed us.

Jesse Estate Vineyards (Fern Hill blocks): Planted to Pinot Noir clones 115, 113, and Pommard. We are expecting 40 tons of Pinot Noir.

 Alan Jesse farms all of Jesse Estate meticulously with golf course like care.
Alan Jesse meticulously farms all of Jesse Estate with golf course-like care.

Stoneridge Vineyard: Planted to Pinot Gris. Block ages vary, with planting from 1985-1999. We are expecting about 20 tons of fruit from this vineyard.

Stoneridge Vineyard Facing South
Stoneridge Vineyard facing south.

Very even growth.  Sterling Fox, the vineyard manager at Stoneridge, has done a great job shoot thinning and is really on top of things.  30'' shoots.
At Stoneridge we saw very even growth. Sterling Fox, the vineyard manager at Stoneridge, has done a great job shoot thinning and is really on top of things. We saw 30” shoots on the vines.

Stoneridge sits at 670 ft.
Stoneridge sits at 670 ft. elevation.

Roserock Vineyard: All Pinot Noir, planted to clones 115, 667, 777 and Pommard. We are expecting 100 tons of Pinot Noir from Roserock’s unilateral cane pruned vines on VSP trellising.

Roserock is tightly spaced and thus all the vines are unilaterally trained. Pictured is our block 12 Pommard 4 on 101-14 rootstock. Block 12 is in a part of the vineyard we call Roserock west.  West is the younger side of the vineyard, planted in 2006. Here we saw 18-24'' shoot growth.
Roserock is tightly spaced and thus all the vines are unilaterally trained. Pictured is our block 12 Pommard 4 on 101-14 rootstock. Block 12 is in a part of the vineyard we call Roserock West. West is the younger side of the vineyard, planted in 2006. Here we saw 18-24” shoot growth.

Block 11 is 115 on RG.  Its in what is called Roserock middle, their older plantings.
Block 11, planted to clone 115 is pictured above. We refer to this part of the vineyard as Roserock Middle, their older plantings.

 Block 9 in Roserock Middle is one of our favorite blocks! It is planted to clone 777 and consistently produces one of the best lots in our cellar.
Block 9, also in Roserock Middle, is one of our favorite blocks! It is planted to clone 777 and consistently produces one of the best lots in our cellar.

 Quite the view to the East at Roserock.
Quite the view to the east at Roserock.

This is clone 828, also known as the
This is clone 828, also known as the “upright clone,” photographed out at Roserock Middle. Look at just how vertically it grows, almost resembling a fork. It really helps a grower get the optimum positioning. This particular block is not grown for King Estate, but nicely illustrates the spectacular vertical growth of the 828 clone which we do grow elsewhere.

We will post another update late in the season. Check back for more photos and information about how things are progressing in our own vineyard and some of the more than 40+ sites we source from around Oregon and Washington.