Pheasant Run Estate “Red Cap” Pinot Noir
Located 4 miles outside of Aurora our original Pheasant Run Vineyard has been producing fine wines since the 1980s. (You can see some of these gnarly, powerful vines on the back bar of our tasting room). These Old vines in combination with a southwest slope and good soils create wines with character; wines that grow in the glass as you drink them. This is no exception. We take great care in this vineyard to produce less than 3 tons per acre (the average is 4-5) and age it slowly in small oak barrels. Enjoy the red raspberry flavors, a hint of tobacco & parchment and the long, velvety finish.
Winemaker’s Notes: Pinot Noir may be the toughest grape to grow, but the effort is often well worth the constant care and investment. It is a fickle grape that demands optimum growing conditions, opting for warm days consistently supported by cool evenings. Due to the stringent growing requirements for Pinot Noir, it is produced in much smaller quantities than other popular red wines. Pinot Noir is difficult to grow because it gets sunburned from too much sun and produces smaller clusters and less of them per vine. We grow at less than 3 tons per acre, compared to 8 tons for Merlot in California.
As for style, our Pinot Noir is typically a lighter-bodied, fruit-forward red wine. It’s flavors are reminiscent of sweet red berries, plums, tomatoes, cherries and an earthiness of the soil. What the Pinot Noir grape lacks in hardiness, it makes up for in elegance.
From Portland via I-5:
From I-5 southbound take Exit #282a (Canby). Stay on road through first light, take left at second light- Ehlen Rd (about 2.5 miles). Go left (east) approximately 1 mile.
From East Portland via 205:
Take Oregon City Hwy 99E exit . Go south through Canby into Historic Aurora (approx 15 miles) – Hwy 99E runs through the town.
I-5 North from Salem
Take Exit #278. Head east approximately 3 miles on Ehlen Rd.
Tasting Room Hours
Friday12 Noon till 6
Saturday12 Noon till 5
Sunday12 Noon till 5