Bailey Family Vineyards consists of 23 acres: 18 Pinot Noir, 2.5 Chardonnay, and 2.5 Pinot Gris, on a 50-acre estate.
NATASHA AND JORDAN (NAMED AFTER OUR ELDEST DAUGHTERS)
Of the 18 acres of Pinot Noir, 12 acres were planted in 1989 on two distinct blocks of southeast facing slopes. The vines are own-rooted, 60% Pommard and 40% Wadenswil Clones. Seven acres makes up the Natasha Block (oldest daughter) setting at 600 feet in altitude on marine sediment soils with basalt rock mixed in. The Jordan Block (middle daughter) is 5 acres setting at 800 feet on volcanic rock soils.
There is a 200-foot altitude difference between the two blocks, creating a difference in temperature by 2 degrees, Jordan being the cooler. That means the Jordan Block ripens at a slower pace, which results in a later harvest.
We planted 5 acres of Pinot Gris, the Aspen Block (youngest daughter) , in 2006 of 148 and 152 Clones on 3309 rootstock. This block sets at 500 to 600 feet on marine sediment. 2.5 acres were grafted over to Chardonnay in 2014 with Clones 75, 76, 95, and 548.
In 2008, we planted three more acres of Pinot Noir, the Bailey Block, on Dijon Clone 777 on 10114 rootstock. The Bailey Block is planted at 700 feet and while on predominantly volcanic rock soil, there is a shelf of shale about 18” below the surface, resulting in more minerality showing in the fruit.
In 2018, we planted the last three acres of Pinot Noir on Dijon Clones 115 and 667 on 10114 roostock. This is Wayne’s Block. This block ranges from 500 to 600 feet on mostly marine sediment as well. The additional clones provide diversity in the fruit characteristics derived from the hill.
We practice organic and biodynamic farming principles, resulting in a holistic approach to farming on the hill. We believe that farming this way, as one would take care of one’s body homeopathically, we are supporting the health of the soil, plants, and the environment, allowing nature to stay in balance.
Our vineyards are dry farmed, which means there is no irrigation. We believe in this practice because it allows the vines to be in balance with its environment resulting in higher quality fruit of complexity, depth, intensity, and balance.
The journey of a vine through its growth cycle, within its specific terroir, is an amazing thing; the vine sends its roots deep into the living earth. It struggles in search of water and nutrients in communion with the unseen but vital world of soil microbes. Above the ground, the vineyard teems with life. A large community of grasses, herbs, and wildflowers supports a complex array of insect life. The vine, with its verdant canopy, sends out its flowers and produces a crop of grapes. During the warm days of summer, the grapes soak up the sun and ripen. When the seasons begin to change and autumn is arriving, it is time to begin the harvest, not too soon and not too late.