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Our Estate


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Our Estate


Rooted in Oregon, Aged with Tradition

 

When the Austin family broke ground and began building the Allison Inn & Spa in 2008, they planted their first vineyard on the property a few months later. For two of the Austin family - Ken & Celia, this event would become a precursor to establishing Rain Dance Vineyards. Just a year later, in the fall of 2009 the first 7 acres of Pinot Noir was planted. 

Today Rain Dance Vineyards owns seven estate vineyard sites totaling 120 acres, 59 of which are currently planted. With generations before them living on and loving the land of the Willamette Valley, Ken & Celia are committed to growing and producing wines which honor the legacy of a family and a region. In keeping with the love and respect of nature, all of Rain Dance Vineyards are dry farmed using sustainable practices, and are Salmon Safe & LIVE Certified.

 

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Rain Dance Vineyard

 

Originally a Christmas tree farm, Ken and Celia acquired this property in 2009 and contemplated how to best preserve the land. As the growing wine industry erupted around them and as they celebrated the grand opening of the Allison, the future of the land became clear, a vineyard would be planted. Encircled by Douglas Fir and oak trees, Rain Dance offers rolling views and terroir with a significant sense of place. Pinot Noir reigns in this vineyard represented by Pommard, Wadenswil, and Dijon clones 115, 667, 777 and 943. Our flagship Estate Pinot Noir and our Member Exclusive Reserve Pinot Noir are produced from the Rain Dance Vineyard.

Years Planted:    2009 & 2013
 Acres:    15
Soil:    Jory
Elevation:    640 feet
Aspect:    South
Spacing:    4 x 7

 

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Lee's Vineyard

In 2012, Ken & Celia acquired land from their longtime and beloved neighbor Lee Anderson. Lee put his heart and soul into managing this postage stamp parcel where he farmed and raised horses, mules and donkeys. As Ken loves to tell the story, “Lee had a heart of gold and would damn near fall off his horse waving at you when you passed by.” In 2013, Lee’s Vineyard was established as a tribute to a man, a farmer but most of all to a dear friend. Planted to clone 95 of Chardonnay and the Pommard clone of Pinot Noir, Lee’s Vineyard is a young site with great potential for amazing wines. Its rocky soil lends to strong irrigation and minerality in the fruit. Lee’s Vineyard produces small lot, single barrel wines made exclusively for Rain Dance Preservation Members.

Year Planted:     2013
Acres:     3
Soils:     Jory & Nekia
Elevation:     613 feet
Aspect:     East
Spacing:      4 x 7

 

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Nicholas Vineyard

In the Fall of 2014 stewardship drove Ken & Celia to acquire 40 acres in Chehalem Mountain. Originally planted in 2001, Nicholas Vineyard has yielded a high pedigree of fruit which has been sourced to several notable producers. The strong consistent soils produce wines with great structure and depth. Ken & Celia are proud to continue grower relationships with the producers using fruit from the vineyard. In addition, they produce Rain Dance Chardonnay, Riesling, Rosé and Pinot Noir wines from Nicholas. The vineyard is planted to Pommard and Dijon clone Pinot Noirs 114, 115, 667 and 777, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürtztraminer.

Years Planted:    2001, 2008 & 2015
Acres:    40
Soils:    Jory & Laurelwood
Elevation:    544 feet
Aspect:    Southeast
Spacing:     5 x 7

 
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Our Wine


Legacy in a Bottle

Our Wine


Legacy in a Bottle

2015 Estate Riesling
Nicholas Vineyard

Released on May 1st 2016, our inaugural vintage of Estate Riesling is dry with an explosion of flavors and textures. On the nose the wine offers aromas of guava, pear and orange-citrus along with hints of limeberry and honey. On the palate the wine is rich and lush with nuances of apricot and mango, supported by a burst of lemon zest and racy acidity. 42% of this Riesling was put into once filled French Oak barrels influencing a creamy softness and a touch of smoked honey in the long and delicate finish.

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118 Cases Produced
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2015 ESTATE chardonnay
NICHOLAS VINEYARD

Our inaugural Chardonnay showcases vibrant aromas and an exciting depth of flavors. Citrus and lemon meringue pie notes with hints of apple, pear, beeswax and crème brulée, give way to a crisp mouthfeel with dancing flavors and textures. The lively acidity and long finish show the excellent balance between the fruit and savory notes. The 2015 Rain Dance Chardonnay will drink deliciously now and can age 7 to 10 years.

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204 Six Pack Cases Produced

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2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Nicholas Vineyard

Released on May 1st 2016, our first vintage Rosé of Pinot Noir makes its stunning debut! In the glass, the elegant, light cherry color of the wine is bright and inviting while the expressive aromas of strawberry, fresh melon, bing cherry, and a hint of rose petal perfume draw you in. Zesty spice notes and lively acidity awaken the palate lending to a rich and supple mouthfeel with a luscious finish reminiscent of strawberry ice cream. This Rosé is silky, dry and refined with impeccable depth and balance.

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149 Cases Produced

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2014 ESTATE PINOT NOIR

Released on May 1st, 2016, the 2014 Estate Pinot Noir is beautifully crafted with expressive aromas of berry, spice box and loamy forest floor. On the palate this pinot offers a terrific savory style in its rounded mouthfeel and exhibits berry and earth flavors. With its fine length, the oak intensifies and the wine's excellent balance is complete with lingering supple tannins.

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150 Cases Produced                                                                                          

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2015 ESTATE pinot noir
NICHOLAS VINEYARD

Our 2015 Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noir is powerful with a concentrated core that is driven by berry and spice notes. There is an abundance of dark fruit aromas such as black raspberry, boysenberry and dark cherry, which are underlined by spice, toasted oak and earthy notes. On the pallet this wine is distinctive with structured tannins, ripe fruit and forest floor flavors. Full bodied with great weight and complexity, this Pinot Noir will drink best now through 2025.

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440 Six Pack Cases Produced

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*2014 reserve PINOT NOIR

The Rain Dance Reserve is produced exclusively to showcase the powerful profile of the Pommard clone of Pinot Noir. The 2014 is beautifully packed with energetic aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, toasted oats, vanilla, earth and fig. These distinctive notes express the elegance of Oregon Pinot Noir and meld nicely with the wine’s powerful structure and rich flavors that linger on its lengthy finish.

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50 Cases Produced

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*Available only to our Exploration & Preservation Members. Please contact the winery directly to order.