After the success of the "Union School Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc, Bow & Arrow was convinced that this variety could be a terroir wine if made the right way. So they found another site, the beautiful, biodynamic "Le Chénaie Vineyard" in the Eola-Amity Hills, and made the wine the exact same way: harvested fully ripe, 48 hours of maceration on the skins, fermentation and aging 80% in barrel ( 30% new), and 20% in stainless steel. Their hunch was correct and the two wines are vastly different. Where "Union School" is more muscular and fruit driven, the "Le Chénaie" is more mineral and savory with a more elegant palate. I never thought I would say these words but I think Sauvignon Blanc is the most important variety in their cellar with regards to transmitting terroir. The vineyard is located near Salem, Oregon, in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. "Le Chénaie" is a 103 acre site with 18 acres producing, and 8 more in the process of being planted. The rows are 6’ wide, so each acre contains between 1400 & 2200 plants. We planted this vineyard beginning in 2001 with 5 different clones of Sauvignon Blanc. Soils are volcanic: Jory, Gelderman, and Ritner. Elevations are 460-585 feet, with aspects of south, southeast, and southwest. AVA is Eola-Amity Hills, so the site is influenced by the afternoon breezes from the Van Duzer corridor in the coastal range, as with much of the western portion of the Eola-Amity Hills.