The Connor Lee Vineyard was planted in the early 1980’s and acquired shortly after by Bill Connor and Rhody Lee. It is managed by Tom Thorsen and Jerry Bookwalter as Thorsen-Bookwalter associates. On site management is provided by David Ayalla. The vineyard is planted at the upper East end of the Wahluke Slope on sandy glacial marine sediments left by the Missoula floods of the Pleistocene. Grapes from the Connor Lee vineyard form the core of our Merlot.
The vineyard is noted for black currant and cassis notes in its Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our Merlot is presently sourced from the 1991 block, but we are currently planting into additional Merlot in this vineyard, using a different clonal selection. The vineyard ownership’s commitment to quality is evidenced by their ongoing engagement of Zelma Long as vineyard consultant.