Pollard Vineyard is a ten acre site located in the Upper Yakima Valley of Washington State. With a southwest facing slope the vineyard sits at 1150 feet. The soil is silt-loam and the annual precipitation is 8 inches. The growing season is approximately 190 days.
The vineyard was planted in 2014 under the management of Patrick Rawn of Two Mountain Winery. James A. Stamp, Ph.D. of Sebastopol, California served as a consultant on the project and personally inspected all rootstock before it was shipped to the vineyard. The combination of this expertise along with the skills of the field crew ensured a high degree of plant health from the onset.
Distinguishing features of the vineyard also include a focus on clonal selection and a denser than average planting. Pollard vineyard has 2400 plants per acre in contrast to the typical vineyard of 1700 plants. This experimental planting approach follows the path of the leading fruit orchards in the region that have demonstrated that with cutting edge techniques one can maximize production on less acreage while maintaining superior fruit quality.
Half of the vineyard is planted in cabernet franc (Robin’s favorite grape variety) French clones 327 and 214; the remaining half is in cabernet sauvignon clones 91 and 4 and merlot clones 181 and 348.
The Yakima Valley appellation is home to the largest concentration of vineyards and wineries in the state.
Owner: Robin Pollard
Vineyard Manager: Patrick Rawn
Cultivated Acres: 10
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Soil type: Silt loam
Climate / microclimate: Semi arid desert – 4-6” annual rain
Average Heat Units: 2200
Exposition and altitude of the vineyards: 1150 feet with a 30 degree southwest facing slope
Vine Training system: Uni-lateral cordon
Plants per acre: 2400