The second project from Seven of Hearts founder Byron Dooley, Luminous Hills focuses on single vineyard sites using his own fruit. If Seven of Hearts is about exploring the balance and nuance of blending multiple sites fruit, then Luminous Hills focuses on the purity and singularity of that fruit.
Luminous Hills Vineyard, located in the southwest corner of the Yamhill-Carlton District is a unique high elevation site bearing the typical sedimentary soils of the AVA, as well as a significant area of Jory volcanic soil. These two diverse soil types, along with a variety of carefully selected clones of Pinot Noir, provide diverse components and complex elements to the wines of Luminous Hills.
During the development phase of planting, many scout holes were dug to determine the boundaries these soil types (as well as those, such as Panther Creek series, which we wanted to exclude from the vineyard), in order to match clones to the soils and to enable us to manage those areas separately in the vineyard and to be able to vinify them separately in the winery.
Careful assessment of clones and rootstocks were conducted to make the best match for the soils, aspect and elevation at the site. A foundation of Pommard was selected along with large blocks of the Dijon clones 777, 667, and 115. The site uses primarily 101-14 rootstock, with the higher elevation portion of Pommard on Riparia in order to promote earlier ripening for this late ripening clone.