The Lonesome Rock Ranch Vineyard was established in fall of 2007 by Scott and Rae Baldwin in an effort to further explore the production of Burgundian style wine. Among the 30 acres tucked in the foothills of the Coastal Range, they have planted 6 acres of Pinot Noir (667 and 777 clones). The site sees more extreme weather than the De Ponte Vineyard (when it is cold it is cold and when it’s hot it’s hot) but has a slightly smaller diurnal flux. The diurnal flux of a vineyard is the average difference between the daily temperature highs and lows and it is widely considered that a lower diurnal flux leads to more complex and developed grape flavors and character.
Also like the De Ponte Vineyard, Lonesome Rock Ranch is made up of Jory soil, the rich red volcanic soil moved in through the Missoula Floods, but unlike the other vineyard its soil is less broken up and is more rocky, thus much more reminiscent of Burgundy.
Although the vineyard is located closest to Carlton and Yamhill, it does not actually lie within the boundaries of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. It was discovered after planting that the vineyard is less than two miles to the west of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA border line. Thanks to our west-ward journey we have joined only 3 other vineyards within the Willamette Valley that are closer to the Pacific…
We are proud to be “Lonesome.”