2018 WHITE BLEND
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