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Clawson Creek Vineyard

Clawson Creek Vineyard

Clawson Creek Vineyard

Contact: Kim Clawson

In their search for vineyard site that had the exceptional potential they were seeking, Robert had the good fortune to meet famed Oregon producer Ken Wright. Wright led the Beck’s and the Rosenstein’s to Savannah Ridge which he found to be tremendously exciting as testing and core samples had revealed an unwavering consistent soil depth of 30 to 36 inches.

“We were simply astonished,” says Rosenstein. “This land was absolutely phenomenal.”

In addition to relying on the guidance and expertise of Ken Wright, the Becks and the Rosensteins looked to the respected and beloved vineyard manager Mark Gould for the reclamation and sustentation of the property.

“The land had been raped,” Gould explains matter-of-factly.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Savannah Ridge was the site of thriving orchard which had been abandoned and returned the the wild with the collapse of the fruit market at the end of the World War I. Insensitive logging on the 1970s left the ridge in shambles.

Using organic and sustainable methodologies, Gould and Wright restored the environmental and ecological health of the ridge. The first 21 acres of the Clawson Creek Vineyard were planted to Pinot Noir clones 777, Wadenswill and 115 in 206, with an additional 13 acres planted in 2007, totaling 34 acres.

As buds on the burgeoning vines begin to break in the spring, the uncompromising journey in pursuit of the quintessential terroir, begun satisfied that their resolute commitment will be found in every bottle of Angela Pinot Noir.

Winemaker: Ken Wright

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