This wine is a traditional method sparkling gamay noir blanc de noir . The fruit for this wine was sourced from a portion of a gamay noir block that was partly sun shaded in a vineyard just south of Forest Grove, OR. The gamay was sorted and placed in a tank to undergo semi-carbonic fermentation for four days and then pressed of lightly. The juice underwent spontaneous primary fermentation and after malolactic it was blended with yeast and sugar, and then bottled into tirage where it lived for one year until being hand disgorged. There is no dosage. This vineyard site is farmed sustainably without the use of herbicides.
Farming: Practicing organic
Kyle Lattimer is an Oregon restaurateur who founded the Ruddick+Wood restaurant in downtown Newberg. He's a newly emerging winemaker to the PNW.
Grape: 100% Gamay
Gamay is an ancient Burgundian red grape variety that is most well known for the wines of Beaujolais. There are over 30 different varieties of Gamay, many of them specifically cloned to select certain characteristics. The original variation is known as Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc - named for it's pale flesh. It is a natural offspring of Pinot and Gouais Blanc
Blanc de Noirs is French for "white of blacks" and describes a white wine made from dark skinned grapes (in this case Gamay) by pressing them very gently and running the pale juice off the skins as early as possible. Many such still wines have a slightly pink tinge. The term has a specific meaning in the Champagne region, where it is used to describe a Champagne made exclusively from Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes.
Country: United States
Region: Williamette Valley (Oregon)
The Willamette Valley is a 150-mile long valley in Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The Willamette River flows the entire length of the valley, and it is surrounded by mountains on three sides – the Cascade Range to the east, the Oregon Coast Range to the west, and the Calapooya Mountains to the south.
The valley is synonymous with the cultural and political heart of Oregon, and is home to approximately 70 percent of its population including the six largest cities in the state: Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Hillsboro and Beaverton.
The valley's numerous waterways, particularly the Willamette River, are vital to the economy of Oregon, as they continuously deposit highly fertile alluvial soils across its broad, flat plain. A massively productive agricultural area, the valley was widely publicized in the 1820s as a "promised land of flowing milk and honey". Throughout the 19th century it was the destination of choice for the oxen-drawn wagon trains of emigrants who made the perilous journey along the Oregon Trail.
Today the valley is often considered synonymous with "Oregon Wine Country", as it contains more than 19,000 acres of vineyards and 500+ wineries.
Tasting notes: Brioche, grapefruit, baked apple
Wine Pairings: Fresh shellfish, crab cakes, lemon chicken