When life gives you lemons, make Lemonade! 2020 was a rough year for Oregon Pinot Noir growers (and winemakers). As wildfires raged close to harvest, many growers had wineries back out. Brianne was contracted for 25 tons of Pinot noir from two vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, intended to be a red wine. It was extremely important to her to keep their commitments to their growers - and these two organic sites held particular significance to Brianne since they are owned and operated by single women like her (one who is also a single mom). Equally as challenging is making wine from grapes that have smoke taint. Getting juice off the grape skins quickly can dramatically minimize smoke effect in wine, so instead of making a red Pinot noir from these sites, Day very gently pressed the fruit, settled it many times, and fermented it in the fashion of a white wine off of the skins. Like the rest of 2020, they made the best of a difficult situation and the results are OUTSTANDING. Strawberry, grapefruit and candied cherry blossom with a bright flinty finish. Drink it NOW.
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Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Chehalem Mountains AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon