Twenty-two miles from Mount Hood’s snowy peak, in an alpine river valley teeming with birds and oscillating light, lives a wild farm. Cows, chickens, and pigs graze among vines, and fungi and flowers proliferate as gardens merge with forest. Our wines are exciting for their wild exuberance when they are young, but they will only reveal their full potential to unite disparate time, place, and experience when stored properly for many years — a minimum of five years, but ideally 8 – 15 years following vintage — in a dark place between 53 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit and at 80 – 85% humidity.
Tzum wines come from small, specific fields, situated between the rainforest and the desert, throughout the Gorge. These parcels embody diverse terrains, vantage points, and climates. Whether single variety or field blend, each planting captures the essence and identity of its environment.Pinot Noir from vines planted on a 1.5-acre section of the site we farm in the east hills of Hood River. The vineyard is adjacent to Panorama Point with extraordinary views of Mt. Hood and the valley below. The wine from this parcel normally goes into the Spring Ephemeral Pinot Noir.
Since 2018 we’ve isolated the steepest part of the site's central hill to make a separate wine. This part of the site faces due South and is extremely well-exposed. It makes a very darkly colored, meaty, almost Cote Rotie-like Pinot Noir.
It’s always staining and very backward. Even after a full two-year elevage without sulfur, the wine is still remarkably primary. Including all three versions of the spring ephemeral Pinot, this is the best wine we’ve made from the site.