When Mike and Mary Ann McNally decided to pack it up in the corporate world, their dream was to live on a vineyard in Oregon. They found a spectacular, albeit rugged, property off of Laughlin Rd. in the Yamhill-Carlton District. It was an 80-acre site that had been logged and needed vast amounts of preparation to realize their vision of a 40-acre vineyard and home. Mike will often joke that he never worked harder in his life than in his “retirement” – but he does it with a mischievous glint in his eye that lets you know he regrets nothing.
Guided by a deep respect and care for the land, the site is farmed Sustainably and meticulously. The bulk of the fruit is sold to other winemakers, but Mike and Mary Ann keep what they feel is the best fruit each year, and under the auspices of winemaker Robert Brittan, craft it into their flagship wine.
2011 was their first truly “available” commercial vintage. (A tiny amount of 2010 was made but that was essentially a trial run) Coming from a cool year on a high elevation site, the wine is lean and transparent. Plenty of earthy, forest-like components are shining through. This wine is in a perfect “drink-now” phase.