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2018 WHITE BLEND

Vintage: 2018

Vineyards: Beckenridge Vineyard, Hanson Vineyards, Sunnyside Vineyard, Wolf Hill Vineyard

Appellation: Willamette Valley AVA

Harvest Dates: October 1, 2018 - October 19, 2018

Assemblage: 40% Riesling, 16% Muscat Ottonel, 16% Pinot blanc, 15% Gewürztraminer, 13% Chardonnay

Soils: Alluvial deposits, marine sedimentary, and decayed basalt

Final Alcohol: 12.4%

Production: 220 cases

Our Thoughts: Inspired by Alsatian Edelzwicker or Austrian Gemischter Satz, this is a wild blend of five white grapes, the artist formerly known as Gewurvigtocloninger.

The heart of the blend is Riesling from BeckenRidge Vineyard, direct-pressed into an egg-shaped vessel. Gewürztraminer from Sunnyside was destemmed and allowed to ferment to dryness on its skins. The Pinot blanc (Hanson) and Chardonnay (Wolf Hill) were carbonically co-fermented for 11 days until pressed off on top of freshly-picked Muscat Ottonel (Wolf Hill). 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