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Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is known for producing some of the finest wines in the world.  Native to cooler regions, it is well suited for our growing climate.  Despite having a reputation of being difficult to grow, with careful canopy management, we reduce the chances of mildew and rot in the tightly packed clusters.  Pinot Noir vines are sensitive to soil types, wind, frost and pruning techniques in the vineyard, and in the winery Pinot Noir is reflective of its terroir.  

Shawnee Pinot Noir is 3470 plants, 4 clones and was  planted in 2009 & 2013

West Side Pinot Noir (includes our little Pinot block by the workshop) is 2500 plants, 4 clones and was planted in 2009 & 2012 

Chardonnay
Chardonnay

With the ability to adapt to different conditions, Chardonnay has a reputation for being easier to grow.  The grapes tend to be reflective of the terroir and the winemaker.  With vigorous vines and dense leaf cover, Chardonnay requires aggressive pruning and canopy management.  In our vineyard, the vine spacing forces the plants to compete for resources and funnels energy to the clusters.  The threat of spring frost is one of the hazards for the early-budding vines. The timing of harvest is crucial for Chardonnay, as the grapes rapidly lose acidity once they ripen.  

Shawnee Chardonnay – 8000 plants; 7 clones, planted 2009 & 2010

Syrah
Syrah

Central Syrah – 2490 plants; 2 clones; planted 2013
West Side Syrah – 2335 plants; 3 clones; planted 2014