Sunny Ridge has been a building block for me as I've grown as a winemaker and farmer. It's a small, 1/2 acre parcel nestled in the Coast Range south of McMinnville.
The Site: My relationship with Sunny Ridge started in 2016- during picking a fellow picker got a call from the vineyard owner who asked if we wanted to pick their grapes- sadly the vineyard was well past the picking day, but the site was beautiful, if in need of work.
This hill is one of the more difficult sites I farm. It gets shade from the neighboring tree farm in the evening- and as a result the vines can easily get mildew. My first vintage there (2017) I sold part of the fruit to my friend Junichi to fund my pet-nat glass bill. Junichi lives just over the ridge on the same hill. If you've had his wine, this is a really fun side-by-side. The age of the vines really allows the character of the site to shine through.
The Vintage: The 2019 spring and summer were generous, but as September came the temperatures refused to climb and the sugars also stopped rising. I finally understood what a "Classic Oregon Vintage" meant- ripe flavors at 11 % alcohol.
I've been super pumped about the quality since it came off the vine (not to mention relieved I had farmed clean fruit in a super tricky vintage). A picking team of 4 friends helped me get this to the winery and an 8 day ferment resulted in a silky, ethereal, soulful little wine that I'm very proud to have made. I'm always moved by the wines of Bruno Debize, and the vinification was my exploration of that style- fully ripe, low alcohol, 100% de-stemmed and punched down daily.