The Olsen Vineyard is a 765 acre vineyard situated in the eastern end of the Yakima Valley AVA where the soil is comprised of shallow granitic deposits. Manager Leif Olsen has done an excellent job of producing world class wines. The Old Stones Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards planted “On the Rocks” in Milton Freewater. Old Stones is located along an ancient river bed covered with massive basalt cobblestones, similar to Châteauneuf-du-Pape region of Southern France. These cobblestones go deep into the soil and retains heat which then radiates back to the vines during the cooler night making for a distinct and sought after terroir.
“While 2014 might have been one of the hottest vintages on record, over time we’ve learned that we value balance in the mouthfeel, but aromatically as well. While we like the funk that The Rocks brings, we purposely keep it restrained to showcase the fruit first. To that end, we cropped the vineyard at a much higher yield and it worked out perfectly.” - Jamie Brown, Winemaker