Day Wines’ New Arrivals : Tannat from Oregon Anyone?
New Arrivals from Brianne.
Brianne Day is taking off. While Pinot Noir from some pristine vineyards in the Willamette Valley is still the core of her program at Day Wines, her relationships and curiosity are leading to an ever expanding list of offerings that are among the most unique in Oregon. 2014 and 15 saw the arrival of Cot and Tannat into her cellar and this release shows them off in a couple of different forms. All tasting notes are from Brianne.
Pricing is available from your rep or on Seven Fifty. Please contact us soon as our allocation is no more than 10 cases on a few of these.
Babycheeks – Rosé of Tannat & Côt, Layne Vineyard
Applegate Valley AVA 2015
Layne Vineyard is a beautiful, older site nestled among hills and oaks in the Applegate Valley. The Tannat and Côt were picked when the acid was bright and the sugars moderate, and whole clusters pressed directly. The juice was allowed to brown by oxygen and then racked into neutral barrels for fermentation. Spontaneous fermentation took place over the next eight weeks, the wine was racked into a stainless steel tank and cold settled, and then bottled unfined and unfiltered on January 13th 2016. 13% ABV
Mamacita – Malvasia Bianca, Mae’s Vineyard
Applegate Valley AVA 2015
I made this wine originally in 2014 as an experiment and was happy to find that it turned out well and people liked it! With that in mind, I took a second shot at making this fun floral sparkler. The fruit was picked early, the first week of September. It was pressed and settled after allowing browning through oxygen, then racked into stainless steel and a once filled Hogshead sized French oak barrel. Fermentation took place spontaneously and the wine was racked into a stainless steel tank when it was still fermenting. The wine was bottled with approximately 15 grams of sugar per liter under crown cap. It is unsulfured, unfined, unfiltered, and was not disgorged. It was bottled November 21st 2015. 12.8% ABV
TNT – Tannat, Layne Vineyard
Applegate Valley AVA 2014
Layne Vineyard is one of the original vineyards in the Applegate Valley – the vines were planted in 1975 and grafted over to Tannat in 2005. Like Tannat growing counter-part regions in France, the vineyard and the region sits around 1,500 feet in elevation. Getting the fruit fully ripe requires patience and careful crop management, and in 2014 both of these came together splendidly. The fruit was picked near the end of October and fermented spontaneously in a 1.75 ton capacity fermenter. 25% of the clusters were left whole, and all cap management was done through pigeage. The wine went through elevage in two neutral and one new French oak barrels, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered on January 13th, 2016. 13% ABV
Vin de Days – Pinot Noir, Johan Vineyard
Willamette Valley AVA 2015
Johan Vineyard is a certified bio-dynamic site in the Perrydale Hills of the Willamette Valley. The pristine Pinot noir was brought in near the end of September and fermented in an enclosed stainless steel tank. CO2 was blanketed on the fruit twice per day until spontaneous fermentation created its own gas. Once fermentation began in earnest, the wine was pumped over once per day for 4 weeks. Free run juice was then allowed to settle, and the remaining clusters of fruit were removed and pressed. The wine then continued to ferment as quite a lot of sugar was recovered during pressing. It was racked twice, and bottled unfined and unfiltered on January 13th, 2016. 13% ABV