Ace and Able comes from the Dundee Hills AVA, which is contained within Willamette Valley. The Dundee Hills area is effectively an island protected from great climatic variations by the Coast Range to the west and the Chehalem Mountains to the northeast. The Dundee Hills receive less cooling influence from the Pacific Ocean and Columbia Gorge, resulting in slightly warmer growing seasons than most of the Willamette Valley AVA. The Dundee Hills AVA is known for its rich, red volcanic Jory soil, formed by the Columbia River Basalts more than 14 million years ago. Pinot Noir from this area is most often bright with elegant red fruit, earthy, truffle-like flavors and a silk mouthfeel. This is the promise land for Pinot Noir in America.