Hiyu Wine Farm, Tzum Oak Ridge “Spring Ephemeral” 2021 750ml

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Hiyu Wine Farm
United States
Pinot Noir
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Personality: “Shimmering and ethereal but also slightly cloudy, electric, juicy, and slightly raucous in a way that suggests Gamay, Pineau d’Aunis or some strange mountain grape. It is a perfect counterpoint to the Hiyu 2017 Halo “Perennial”. Both are compellingly wild and savage, but in one instance this is coming from age and patina and in this one from the vibrancy of youth. Culture: Eating Charcuterie on the Deck of the Chalet,”

Vineyard: Oak Ridge is the northernmost vineyard in the Columbia Gorge. Planted in the mid-’80s at 1400 feet ALS, in ashy loam site above the White Salmon River in the foothills of Mt. Adams. The Pinot Noir comes from one-acre parcel located mid-slope on the west side of the site. Farmed biodynamically “with monastic dedication” by Thomas and Marlene Woodward.

Winemaker's Note: “Oak Ridge is planted on a hillside above the White Salmon River on the way to Trout Lake. It is the Northernmost vineyard in the Columbia Gorge and the one most impacted by weather systems from Mt. Adams. It is farmed in a gentle and thoughtful way by Thomas and Marlene Woodward. The wine from the site is Alpine in a way that transcends its identity as Pinot Noir.”