A fortified wine aromatized with 28 different roots, herbs, spices, fruits, and flowers carefully selected to transform an already complex wine into an otherworldly experience. Open your mind and let it wander. Be enchanted by the gifts of nature. Drink in the visuals of your imagination as you pick through elegant notes of bitter gentian, grapefruit vapors, blooming chamomile, ripe berries and their leaves, sticky vanilla paste, a bakers gift of cinnamon, clove, and ginger, nostalgic root beer left to go flat, a relaxed stroll through an open air market, and warm light illuminating spring flowers on the edge of a damp forest.
Wine Grape Varietals: 80% Willamette Valley Pinot Gris and 20% Applegate Valley Viognier.
ABV: Fortified with Brandy to 17%.
Harvest: Mid-September 2018.
Vinification: The grapes shipped cold from Oregon to North Carolina where we began foot treading on site. The Viognier was treaded and pumped off skins for a cold, temperature-aided fermentation for 20 days. The Pinot Gris was foot treaded and then fermented on the skins at ambient temperatures for 14 days. Both wines were racked to 100% neutral oak barrels and aged for 18 months. Subsequently racked and blended before fortification with brandy.
Bittering: Gentian, Galangal, Dandelion Root.
Aromatization: Macerated on 25 additional roots, herbs, spices, fruits, and flowers.
Bottling: no added sulfites.
Aging: Can be aged, un-opened, for a year or more. Once opened, we recommend vacuum sealing and finishing as soon as possible.