“Pur” is French for “pure”, with this wine so named due to it's majority influence of stainless steel fermentation. In 2017 we began making Pur, leaving a small portion of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris for coferment in stainless steel. Notably, the winemaking for this and barrel fermented Chardonnay remain very similar, we prefer to ferment warmer, allowing simple fruity aromas to dissipate and amplify more savory and mineral driven attributes. Additionally, this wine also sees extended lees management while in tank, thereby encouraging a richer textured palate.
In the lively spirit of Virginia, 2021 was an exciting vintage for Early Mountain. It very much reflects the impact of site, with regions throughout the state experiencing highly varying climatic events, greatly influencing the dynamic range in fruit attributes.
Early spring, we gratefully saw few frost events, escaping significant fruit damage. Despite some early season rains, bloom-time in the vineyard was quite dry, allowing for a good fruit set. With warm daytime temperatures throughout most of the growing season, we saw high and even ripening throughout both Quaker Run and Early Mountain vineyards. The late season rains, leading to harvest were also accompanied by notable drying (this was doubly obvious when tending to our new plantings, which need water!). Overall, despite harvest-time rainfall, we could not have asked for a better result.