Since 1984 John Paul and his wife Teri Wadsworth have farmed a small, south-facing slope in the Dundee Hills: ‘Clos Electrique’ a tongue-in-cheek reference to the electric fence which guards their vines from the local deer herd. At just an acre and a half, this is a microscopic site and, with its selection of hugely envied ‘suitcase clones’ from Burgundy (Corton Charlemagne) and California (which themselves were ‘stolen’ Burgundy clones early in the 20th century), is one of the most sought-after wines in Oregon.
The wines? Everything you’d expect from one of the most revered estates in the Valley.
John Paul also has a second, higher site in the Dundee Hills (which he has promised to drive us up to next year in his blue 1971 Porsche 911T) called Abbey Ridge. This is one of the oldest vineyards in Oregon, planted in the mid-70s and stocked with a selection of gnarly Pommard and Wadenswil clone Pinot Noir.