Torii Mor Winery
Torii Mor Pinot Noir Tasting from Cellarstocker
Torii Mor is a testament to handcrafted Pinot noir. Using grapes from the lush Dundee Hills, winemaker Jacques Tardy crafts wines of elegance and balance in the Old World style. Join us at our tasting room to enjoy these distinct and extraordinary wines.
Perched high in the Dundee Hills, Torii Mor’s Asian-inspired tasting room is immediately adjacent to the serene Japanese garden and a few steps from Olson Estate Vineyard. A short walk to the deck is rewarded with breathtaking views of the Willamette Valley and Mt. Hood.
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Since its beginnings in Burgundy, Pinot Noir has long been considered one of the most “terroir” expressive varieties of grape. This strong tie to the earth was something Dr. Olson wanted to convey when he decided on a name for his new venture. Borrowing from the Japanese, “Torii” refers to the ornate gates often seen at the entrances of gardens. “Mor,” meaning earth, was then chosen as homage to Dr. Olson’s Scandinavian heritage. By joining these two distinct languages, the name Torii Mor and a romantic image of a beautiful gate to the earth was created.
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Estate Vineyards / AVA
The estate vineyard of Torii Mor was planted in 1972, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Planted by Jim McDaniel, it was purchased in 1985 by Donald Olson. Located at 800 feet, high in the Dundee Hills, this site is benefited by warm southern exposure and cool evening breezes. Several clones of Pinot Noir are grown on-site as well as a small amount of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Currently, 5.3 acres are planted with the Pommard clone of Pinot Noir, with a small portion dedicated to the Wadenswil clone. In April of 2002, 1.7 acres of Chardonnay were grafted to the Dijon 667 clone and a small planting of Gamay was grafted to Dijon 114. Additionally, one acre is devoted entirely to Pinot Gris. The soil type is exclusively Jory series with vine spacing of 9×6 feet. All vines are maintained by hand and pruned in the “double Guyot” style, in which one cane from each side of the trunk head is trained onto a wire. This type of cane training is known as v.s.p (vertical shoot positioning). Unless otherwise specified, the vineyards named below are v.s.p and pruned in the above described fashion. Olson Estate Vineyard is managed by Torii Mor’s head winemaker, Jacques Tardy.
La Colina Vineyard:
Nestled on a south/southwest facing slope in the southern Dundee Hills, near the town of Lafayette, La Colina is owned and managed by George and Dee Hillberry. At an elevation of 475 to 550 feet, the vineyard was planted between 1999 and 2001 with vine spacing of 7×5 feet and is entirely Jory series soil. Torii Mor receives Pinot Noir fruit of Dijon clones 114, 115, and 777, Pommard, and Wadenswil. All rootstock is 3309, which is an American hybrid that thrives in well drained soil and is phylloxera resistant.
Located in the Dundee Hills at an elevation of 600 to 720 feet, with southeasterly exposure, Nysa Vineyard is planted entirely in Jory series soil. The original nine acres were planted in 1990 with self-rooted Pommard and Wadenswil clones. In 2000, an additional four acres were grafted to Dijon 115 and finally, in 2004, the last nine acres were planted in Pommard. Owned by Michael Mega and Susan O’Conner, Nysa currently cultivates thirty-three acres of Pinot Noir under the supervision of Salvador Ordaz.
Hawks View Vineyard:
In 2002, John Kemp purchased Hawks View Vineyard. At an average elevation of 350 feet and facing south/southeast, the first planting of self-rooted Pommard clones was planted in 1991 with a spacing of 7.5×5 feet. In 1998, Dijon 777 on Riparia Gloire rootstock (French, phylloxera resistant stock) was added with vine spacing of 7×4 feet. Hawks View is organically farmed and managed by Todd Skowrup and is planted entirely in Laurelwood series soil.
Located in the Umpqua Valley near the town of Winston, Olalla’s 4.5 acres were originally planted in 1975. Comprised primarily of alluvial soil, the site was initially planted with Chardonnay and the Pommard clone of Pinot Noir; however the Chardonnay has since been grafted to Dijon 115. The vineyard is trellised in the Scott Henry system, which allows for more linear footage of canopy to counterbalance the high vigor of the site. Purchased in 1994 by Bob Reid, he managed the vineyard until his death in 2011.
Great place for a romantic picnic
One of the best places to take a picnic, order a bottle of wine and then relax and enjoy the incredible view from the outdoor deck. Friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere, combined with great wine, make this a wonderful experience.