2017 WHITE BLEND (aka GEWURVIGTOCLONINGER)
Vineyards: Beckenridge Vineyard, Hanson Vineyards, Omero Vineyard
Appellation: Willamette Valley AVA
Harvest Dates: September 27, September 29, and October 10, 2017
Assemblage: 50% Riesling, 20% Savagnin Rose, 15% Gewürztraminer, 6% Fruilano, 6% Melon de Bourgogne, 3% Kerner
Soils: Alluvial deposits, marine sedimentary, and decayed basalt
Farming: Organic (Omero), Sustainable (Beckenridge, Hanson)
Final Alcohol: 13.1%
Production: 110 cases
Our Thoughts: Inspired by Alsatian Edelzwicker or Austrian Gemischter Satz, this is a wild blend of six white grapes. Since this is our first wine ever sourced outside of our home vineyard, we put our backs into it and hunted down a weird mix of grapes from three distinct sites in the Willamette Valley that represent not just a diversity of genetic material, but unique soil and climate variation as well.
The heart of the blend is Riesling from Hanson Vineyards, direct-pressed into an egg-shaped vessel. The other half of the mix, Gewürztraminer from Beckenridge and a smattering of more exotic varieties from Omero, was given a few days to kick of fermentation carbonically so that we could capture some skin-derived texture and flavor. Native yeast fermentation (primary and secondary) carried on in the cellar over five months in a mix of neutral French oak and Acacia barrels.
Despite the heady mix of aromatic varieties, the wine is not a perfume counter! We find it has lots of pretty yellow plum, sungold tomato, and subtle Alpine herbs on the nose and palate, with a bracing finish of grapefruit pith and wet river rock.
Suggested Retail Price: $20