Creamy, apricot, peach, vanilla
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The fruit from this wine was grown in 2018 and 2019, and includes pinot noir (pommard), pinot blanc, and chardonnay (108) from some of the highest vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley. The 2019 sparkling rosé base was pressed off after spending 12 hours on skins in the press and when fermenting heathily the 2018 base wine was blended in so that no additional sugar had to be used. The wine is slightly higher in pressure than most pet-nat’s which creates a finer bubble. This wine is unfined and unfiltered. Perfect as an apertif or afternoon sipper.
Farming: Practicing Organic
Grapes:56% Pinot Noir, 24% Pinot Blanc, 20% Chardonnay
Pinot Noir is the oldest form of Pinot. It is the red grape variety that is responsible for red Burgundy. Pinot noir general produces the best quality wine on calcareous soils and in relatively cool climates where this early-ripening vine will not rush towards maturity, losing aroma and acidity. Pinot noir is used significantly in Champagne where it is used as an ingredient in the production of sparkling wines. The grapes are pressed very gently and any remaining pigment from this red skinned grape, tends to dissipate as the yeast takes its course consuming sugars within the champagne making process.
Pinot Blanc is a historically French Variety, first observed in Burgundy at the end of the 19th century. It is a white mutation of Pinot Gris (which is itself a lighter berried version of Pinot Noir). Although it originated in Burgundy, today it is found all over Europe. Pinot Blanc is notable for it's piercing aroma and perfumed notes.
Chardonnay is another native grape to Burgundy (France) and is solely responsible for "White Burgundy" wines. Chardonnay mania reached a peak in the late 1980s during that time it's plantings totaled around 247,000 acres. By 2010 that acreage increase to almost 500,000 acres. Winemakers love Chardonnay for it's malleability. It will respond to a much wider range of winemaking techniques than other white grapes and has the ability to age in the bottle, even when picked early.
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: Creamy, apricot, peach, vanilla
Pairing: Goat cheese, Triple creme brie, beach sunset