Kathken Vineyards is a quiet, secluded vineyard in the fir covered Eola Hills. The site is at 700 ft to 900 ft with a south west exposure. Pinot Noir (various clones but predominately Pommard and Wadenswil) all plants are on a Geneva Double Curtain or a Carbonneau”Open Lyre” trellis system, which is high maintenance but, coupled with our elevation, makes for optimum production and quality.
Soils: Primarily volcanic basalt Jory series soils secondary to lava flows. The predominant type of Jory soil is Nekia, a volcanic, sandy clay loam, shallower than the deep Jory soils found in the Dundee Hills, and located primarily on the hillside uplands. Marine sedimentary rocks and alluvial deposits are found at lower elevations.
Climate: The Van Duzer corridor significantly affects weather in the Eola-Amity Hills. The daytime highs are about the same as appellations to the North, but the evenings are cooler due to a mid-afternoon ocean breeze. Commonly, the evening temperatures drop into the 50s even in summer.
250 cases produced from organically farmed grapes. No filtration and nothing ever added except a miniscule amount of potassium metabisulfite at bottling.
The Montebruno 2012 Kathken Vineyard Pinot Noir is definitely one for the cellar. It has the classic structure of the Eola Amity Hills in a warm year. Ripe blueberry and huckleberry firm but silky tannins and plenty of minerality.