Established in 2008, Legacy is our newest, largest and most beautiful property. Situated on a southwest-facing hillside that’s dotted with native White Oak trees, Legacy offers spectacular views of the Willamette Valley and the Coast Range.
Legacy’s topography and soil profile terrain are unique to the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Two springs on the property have carved their way through the hilly landscape that rises to an elevation of 427 feet, and hundreds of basalt boulders, colored red from iron oxide, make a dramatic statement by their presence.
Volcanic activity caused a cap of basalt that led to Jory and Nekia soils at higher elevations; other areas feature lighter-colored, fossil-rich soils formed from ancient marine sediments between 30-15 million years old, a layer thrust upward over time by the movement of the earth’s tectonic plates.
The property is primarily planted with Pinot Noir, but other varietals are planted where factors such as elevation and exposure to full sun come into play. The 2014 and 2015 growing seasons, ideal by any standards, led many of Legacy’s young vines to begin producing grapes at full capacity.
Legacy’s 16-acre Fossil Block takes it name from the Oligocene-era marine fossils found in rocks turned up when the field was cultivated. The grapes grown in Fossil Block have a distinctly different character, due to the less acid nature of the soil, the high elevation and southeast exposure. The wine from the 2014 harvest of this block will be bottled under its own label with an anticipated release date of Spring, 2016.