Cherry Cove is a label used by Coleman Vineyard, located in the Coast Range foothills of Yamhill County in the Willamette Valley. Initially planted in 1991, the vineyard consists of 13.5 acres of Pinot Noir and 9 acres of Pinot Gris. The site is between 300 and 500 ft elevation with silty clay loams on a fractured volcanic basalt base. The vineyard is close to the Van Duzer corridor, an opening through the Coast Range mountains to the Oregon coast, providing hot summer days with afternoon winds cooling the evening temperatures significantly and contributing to the phenolic characteristics and brightness of the wine, providing a structure for aging and signature dark cherry and spice flavors with intense color. Because of these unique influences, the coastal foothills of McMinnville has been approved for AVA status, the McMinnville AVA.
Grape growing and wine making are second careeers for Randy and Kim Coleman. Both studied viticulture and winemaking through the continuing education program at University of California at Davis. The Cherry Cove label is for their less expensive wines. The name is a play on the Rainier cherries planted on the estate and also expresses the subtle cherry flavor found in the wine. The wine is from Pommard and Dijon clones grown on the estate vineyard as well as some purchased grapes from neighbors. After a 5-day cold maceration it was fermented with part native and part selected yeasts with hand stirring. It was racked into barrels (10% new) where it underwent malolactic fermentation and aging. The ruby color is followed by aromas and flavors of cherry, lavender, and plum jam with some strawberry and floral tones.