Pinot Noir, more than any other grape, reflects where it is grown. Orogeny pays tribute to the land with their name. Orogeny is a geological term that comes from Greek oro, "mountain," and -geny, "birth." It refers to the process during which the collisions and separations of the earth's crust form mountains. A series of orogenic episodes in Sonoma County near the Pacific Ocean formed the mountains and streams that created Green Valley, the unique source for Orogeny Vineyard's grapes.
They focus on cool-climate Pinot Noir from Green Valley, the coldest region of the famed Russian River Valley. Fog flows from the Pacific Coast along the Russian River and through the Petaluma Wind Gap, converging on this small area.
Orogeny's grapes are grown on five small vineyards, each only five to ten acres, which were selected to display the bright fruit characteristics of classic Green Valley Pinot Noir. Their limited size permits Orogeny to use hands-on farming techniques. The vines are planted on ridges in Gold Ridge soils, a mix of sandy loam over sandstone and clay. These sites provide excellent drainage, which promotes even ripening and concentrated flavors.
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With aromas and flavors worthy of contemplation, the 2009 Green Valley Pinot Noir reveals its sense of place. The wine's layers of ripe cherry, raspberry, rose petal and a hint of earth after a refreshing rain came from the soils, mesoclimates and clones of two exceptional vineyards in this small... more
The notably cool 2008 vintage gave our Green Valley Pinot Noir layers of crystalline, red-fruit expression. Cranberry, cherry and rose petal notes fill the bright aromas and then echo on the silky flavors. Hints of Chinese five-spice and mocha develop as the wine expands across the palate. Balanced... more
Chardonnay is more transparent to its vineyard sourcing than any other varietal; you are really brought back to the vineyard-to the growing conditions, the effect of soil and climate. Green Valley is a simple, beautiful and distinct place and our Chardonnay reflects this.
The vibrant flavors and... more
Elegant and harmonious, our 2007 Orogeny Vineyards Green Valley Pinot Noir displays crystalline red-fruit character from grapes grown in this cool, foggy region within Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. Bright aromas and silky flavors of cranberry, red cherry and raspberry preserves are layered... more
Orogeny Green Valley Pinot Noir shows bright Bing cherry, pomegranate and toffee notes on the nose, with a hint of spicy oak layered with ginger, nutmeg and coriander. On the palate, the bright cherry flavors dominate, supported by lively notes of blackberry and blueberry that linger on the candied... more
Number 79 on the of 2007!Presented in the richly extracted, generously textured style that has come to define many of the most sought-after Russian River Valley pinot noirs, this vintage of Orogeny has enough brightness and cool, succulent fruit to keep it fresh.-Wines & Spirits
The 2005... more
The fruit for the 2004 Orogeny Green Valley Pinot Noir was hand harvested early in the
morning. The grapes were then hand sorted and destemmed. We fermented the whole berries
in small, five-ton, open-top fermenters with a cold soak ranging from five to seven days.
During this soak we punched... more
We fermented whole berries in small, five-ton, open-top fermenters with a cold soak ranging from five to seven days. During this soak we punched down the cap three times a day to bring out the color, spice and fruit characteristics. We aged the wine in 50 percent new oak barrels, selected to add... more
The 2002 Orogeny is a first release from this cool-climate Green Valley winery, the coolest region of the Russian River Valley. Grapes from just four small vineyards were selected to provide the bright fruit characteristics and aromas of mixed fresh berries, nutmeg and ginger, each foretelling the... more