2020 Young Wine white
Grape Variety: Vidal Blanc
Winemaker Note: While the goal of this project is wine that is joyous/casual/chill, the minimalist approach is actually one of the more challenging ways to make clean and delicious wines. Because of that, we source the grapes from the Shenandoah Valley, where cooler temps give us higher acidity that protects the grapes through fermentation and the wine during aging. In 2020, we fermented in a mixture of neutral barrel and stainless steel, adding to the textural layering of this wine. A long fermentation brought savory components to compliment the inherent fruit character of the grape.
Wine Description: It would be silly to over-describe a wine with a questionable owl on the label, but we should point out that this wine has texture and volume while retaining acidic structure, a result of full malo and long contact with active yeast. The aromatics are savory and preview the umami character that we find on the palate, with fresh stone fruit peaking through on the back end. The laters and depth of this Vidal are a subtle reflection of the natural technique in the cellar. But let’s not take ourselves too seriously here … the owl just won’t have it.